Making Democracy Work

Redistricting

Fair Districts Yard Signs Have Arrived!

Signs are now at volunteer distribution locations around the state. Find the closest place near you by using this handy Fair Districts sign location map. Zoom in to your general location to find contact information for a sign distributor near you. Contact the volunteer directly to arrange for a time you can pick up your sign. (Folks who can't find a spot near them on the map can fill out this form or be in touch with us by email.)

Tell Ohio Mapmakers to Get to Work

Send postcards telling Ohio mapmakers to tell them, "Ohioans want fair districts!" Order cards HERE and see instructions HERE.

And/or, call your Ohio Representative and Senator to tell them to get to work on redistricting! You can use the points listed in the instructions above, and look up their contact information HERE.

Voting Rights Advocates Call on Ohio General Assembly and Ohio Redistricting Commission to Begin Map-Making Process in Light of New Census Schedule

COLUMBUS- Today, Fair Districts Ohio - the leading nonpartisan voice for redistricting reform - sent a letter to Ohio mapmakers with specific recommendations to ensure transparent and fair mapmaking in light of adjusted delivery date for Census data.

"In 2015 and 2018, Ohio leaders worked with voter advocates to craft new redistricting processes that were overwhelmingly supported by Ohioans across the state," said Jen Miller of the League of Women Voters of Ohio. "Now we must work together again to fulfill the promise of those reforms. Let's start now by reworking timelines in light of the new Census schedule and hosting public hearings where experts and voters can speak to the need for fair maps."

Click here for the link to Fair Districts' recommendations

"Map-makers and the public need a clear game plan based on information from experts and the public. It's time to start public hearings so that we can determine how to make the map-making process work best," said Sam Gresham of Common Cause Ohio.

"In untenable circumstances such as this, it is reasonable and legally possible for a court to grant relief," added Professor Jessie Hill, Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development at Case Western School of Law.

"Deciding how Ohio proceeds with the new redistricting timeline should be as transparent as possible to give Ohioans confidence in this historically secretive process. This is an opportunity for map-makers to show the people that their voices are heard and their votes matter. Redistricting needs to start now, " said Collin Marozzi of ACLU Ohio

About Fair Districts Ohio: Fair Districts Ohio is led by the League of Women Voters of Ohio and Common Cause Ohio in partnership with ACLU Ohio, Ohio Council of Churches, A. Philip Randolph Institute, and many more. Without the efforts of these nonpartisan voices for redistricting reform, Ohio would not have adopted reforms to the map-drawing process in 2015 and 2018 without our efforts.

Background About Census Data: This year Ohio maps will be drawn with new rules and a new redistricting process for state legislative and congressional map-making. In February, the Census Bureau announced that the detailed census information will be available to all states on September 30. The state of Ohio demanded that the Census Bureau provide needed data by the end of March. On March 23, Census Acting Director Ron Jarmin told the US Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee that detailed data necessary for map-making will be sent to states by September 30, and that the Census Bureau will provide less user-friendly "legacy data" in August. On March 24, a federal judge rebuffed the state of Ohio's lawsuit to garner census data by March 31. The state almost immediately appealed. The 6th Circuit panel of Judges Martha Craig Daughtrey, David McKeague & Amul Thapar will hear the appeal and a ruling is not expected until mid-April at the earliest.

People Powered Fair Maps

People Powered Fair Maps™ is a national redistricting program of the League of Women Voters focused on creating fair political maps nationwide in all 50 states + D.C. In June of 2019 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Rucho v. League of Women Voters of North Carolina that no fair test exists for courts to determine when partisan gerrymandering has gone too far. As a result, federal courts will be hands-off in the redistricting process even when new district lines are drawn to intentionally decrease the voting power of voters based solely on their political party. People Powered Fair Maps was launched in September 2019 to create fair and transparent, people-powered redistricting processes that eliminate partisan and racial gerrymandering nationwide. for more information of the redistricting process click here