Cassie Johnson, Communications Associate, October 12, 2023
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.
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. Unfortunately, these measures did not create fair maps in 2021—like Ohio voters asked. After many lawsuits, Ohio’s statehouse maps are still gerrymandered.
Clearly, the current process is not working. We need a new, independent process that puts the power back in citizens’ hands. That’s why Citizens Not Politicians is starting an Independent Citizen Redistricting Committee through a ballot initiative — one that’s driven by Ohioans just like you.
Without a fair and truly representative democracy, Ohioans will continue to face environmental injustices from big polluters. With fair maps, the General Assembly and our Congressional delegation will amplify the voices of Ohioans. Together, we can create a clean, healthy Ohio where our democracy empowers all communities to thrive in harmony with the environment.
This is a once-in-a-decade moment to set the course for forward-thinking environmental policies in Ohio. When we create fair, competitive, and representative district maps, Ohioans like you get to set the stage for effective and equitable environmental policy that will last for generations.
Learn more about the ballot initiative and how to get involved below.
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