Backers Of One Redistricting Ballot Issue Criticize Issue Floated By Lawmakers

Jan 23, 2018

Credit Ohio Public Radio

Backers of a proposed constitutional amendment to change the congressional redistricting process are opposing a competing plan from state lawmakers.  

Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports.

The Ohio NAACP, Common Cause Ohio and the League of Women Voters of Ohio have been gathering signatures to put a proposed redistricting plan before voters this fall. The League’s Ann Henkener says the lawmaker’s plan would not stop the gerrymandering now allowed.

“The whole idea of it passing is not something my brain can comprehend.”

Lawmakers want to put a redistricting amendment before voters in May. Henkener says her group’s plan, which would allow community members, not lawmakers, to control the process, will continue regardless of what might happen then.

“Everything that we need for changing the amendment, whether it is changed in the interim or not, is in our proposal.”

Because it’s a citizens’ effort, this proposed amendment can only go before voters in November.