Government: Apportionment/Districting

Support an impartial districting process with opportunity for citizen participation. Support districts that are compact, contiguous, bounded by a non-intersecting line, and follow political boundaries as much as possible.
Position In Brief: 


(Adopted January 1980, amended May 2005)

LWVO supports an impartial districting process that may include, but is not limited to:

  • Districting for Congress and state legislature based substantially on population equality with a variance of no more than plus or minus 5 percent among districts.
  • Use of a bipartisan commission comprised of an odd number of members to determine congressional and state legislative district lines.
  • Congressional and state legislative districts that are compact, contiguous, bounded by a non-intersecting line and follow local political boundaries as much as possible.
  • Opportunity for citizen participation.
  • No more than 99 House districts and 33 Senate districts within the Ohio legislature.

Local application: Local Leagues may apply this position to local situations to support or oppose changes in existing districting procedures. (The first four points can apply, substituting the name of the local governing body in 1 and 3.) Boards that contemplate doing this should supply advance information to members in Voters or in meetings.

Caution: The position refers to the districting process and may not be used in communities that do not presently have a governing body elected by districts. It may not be used to establish a local position on the validity of districting at the local level. That requires the adoption of a local study and consensus.

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