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Ohio Redistricting 2021: The Fight for Fair Maps

Ohio Environmental Council, April 6, 2021

The OEC is proud to support the efforts of Ohio Citizens Redistricting Commission (OCRC), an independent non-partisan commission made up of top Ohio leaders. This diverse grassroots commission will support public education on redistricting, facilitate citizen engagement in community map-making activities, and hold public hearings in a wide range of communities to provide robust public input throughout Ohio’s 2021 redistricting process. 

The commission will produce a report of recommendations and citizen-informed unity maps to submit as public testimony in the official redistricting process. However, the OCRC can’t do its work without your help. 

Every community map and individual story matters in the fight for equal districts.

Interested in learning more about how Ohioans can use their voices to ensure fair maps? Reach out to Chris Tavenor ( to participate in a community mapmaking session. 

Register for upcoming OCRC public hearings and use this portal to share written testimony and your community map! Read more below to learn about why the redistricting process is vital to ensuring a fair democracy that works towards a healthy environment.

It’s no secret that Ohio’s congressional and state legislative district maps are gerrymandered. For too long, politicians have rigged Ohio’s electoral maps to preserve political power and silence the voice of our communities. Because of these maps, our legislators often fail to respond to Ohio voters’ views on pressing issues like renewable energy and the fight against climate change.

Fortunately, in 2015 and 2018, Ohio voters decisively rejected partisan gerrymandering. Ohioans voted for two redistricting reform measures that will help guide the drawing of Ohio’s new legislative and congressional districts.

The importance of fair maps that truly represent Ohio’s communities cannot be understated. Without a fair and truly representative democracy, Ohioans will continue to face environmental injustices from big polluters. With solid maps, the General Assembly and our Congressional delegation will amplify the voices of Ohioans. Together, we can secure healthy air, land, and water for all who call Ohio home.

Building on our team effort to get all Ohioans counted in the census, the OEC will continue to work with partners to demand a transparent, inclusive, and fair redistricting process. 

There are many opportunities to get involved in this important process: learn more about the intersection of environment and democracy, build your own map, and connect with your elected officials to share why fair districts matter to you.

This is a once-in-a-decade moment to set the course for forward-thinking environmental policies in Ohio. Our work today will set the stage for accountability and advocacy beyond 2021. When we create fair, competitive, and representative district maps, Ohioans set the stage for a decade of pragmatic environmental policy. I hope you’ll join us in these important efforts to create fair districts for Ohio in the months to come.