Issue to Reform How Ohio Draws Congressional Districts Gets the OK to Begin Collecting Signatures

May 30, 2017

Catherine Turcer, of Ohio Common Cause, had praised Gov. John Kasich's suggestion to include redistricting reform in his state budget earlier this year.
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Backers of a plan to allow Ohio voters to vote on congressional redistricting reform this fall have cleared one more hurdle. 

The Ohio Ballot Board, the panel made up mostly of lawmakers that approves language for ballot issues, has certified the proposed amendment on redistricting. It would allow voters to approve a plan to create congressional districts that is similar to voters passed for  state lawmakers two years ago.

Ohio Common Cause, The League of Women Voters and the Ohio Environmental Council now need to do some quick signature gathering if they want voters to decide it this year.

The groups need to collect nearly 306,000 valid signatures from at least half of Ohio’s counties by July 5th in order to put the issue on this fall’s ballot. Organizers have already said they think that’s highly unlikely, and the issue is more likely to be on next year's ballot.