redistricting

Final public redistricting hearing brings no agreement

BY: - September 15, 2021

The day before the deadline for legislative redistricting efforts in Ohio, there were no indications that agreement on a map was close. In fact, in a public hearing held Tuesday at the Ohio Statehouse, some citizens conceded that an extension to the deadline could be beneficial, and some Ohio Redistricting Commission members agreed. “Yes, you […]

Dems bring new map to public hearing, public asks for more teamwork

BY: - September 14, 2021

Another long haul of testimony bookended the introduction of an new redistricting map for Ohio on Monday. The two Democratic legislators on the ORC, state Sen. Vernon Sykes and House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes, brought up the House and Senate maps at the second of three public hearings for input on how legislative districts should […]

Public redistricting hearings begin again, torching of GOP map continues

BY: - September 13, 2021

As the public input process begins again for Ohio legislative redistricting, many participants at a Sunday night meeting in Dayton asked for new maps that balance ideologies in the state. The testimony at an auditorium at Washington Township RecPlex West went on for hours, with much of it mirroring the feelings of the Fair Districts […]

Redistricting Coalition pans GOP map, hopes for better result by deadline

BY: - September 12, 2021

A coalition of groups hoping to eliminate gerrymandering in the state called the Republican majority’s proposed map for district lines a “failure.” “This map fails disastrously in every way you could possibly measure it,” said Dr. David Niven, political science professor at the University of Cincinnati. The map was unveiled Thursday morning during one of […]

Commission accepts GOP redistricting map as ‘working document’

BY: - September 10, 2021

In a matter of a few hours, Ohio Republican leaders had introduced their proposal for legislative districts in the state, and that map had been accepted as a “working document” by the majority-Republican Ohio Redistricting Commission. Members of the GOP caucus, including staffer Ray DiRossi, who presented the Republican maps, blamed the lateness of census […]

Redistricting Commission to hold double-header Thursday

BY: - September 9, 2021

The Ohio Redistricting Commission could vote on a map in one of two meetings happening today at the Ohio Statehouse. The commission scheduled one meeting at 10 a.m. in the Finan Hearing Room, and another for 2 p.m. in the same room. On the agenda, the ORC said it “will meet to hear testimony on […]

Redistricting Commission adopts rules, Sept.1 deadline likely to pass without official map proposal

BY: - September 1, 2021

At Tuesday’s meeting of the Ohio Redistricting Commission, rules were adopted and a map was proposed. But the process is far from over. The map was submitted by the Ohio Senate Democratic Caucus, and commission co-chair state Sen. Vernon Sykes, D-Akron, said the map was drawn without outside input and without vetting. He said the […]

COMMENTARY

Here’s what you need to know about redistricting in Ohio

BY: - August 25, 2021

On Aug. 12, the U.S. Census Bureau provided the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico with population counts to use in their redrawing of the electoral district boundaries for representation in Congress, state legislatures, and many county and municipal offices — a process also known as “redistricting.” In Ohio, this process has […]

Public calls for fair districts in first redistricting commission meetings

BY: - August 24, 2021

A week of double-header public hearings on redistricting began Monday in Cleveland and Youngstown, with members of the public calling for more fair districts. Ohioans shared with the Ohio Redistricting Commission stories of unrepresentative and oddly-drawn districts (including the “snake on the lake” of Ohio’s 9th district, so-called because of it’s long, skinny appearance on […]

District maps split houses in two, making representation more difficult

BY: - August 23, 2021

Mindy Nagel’s congressman changes depending on the side of her house in which she’s sitting. The border Nagel sits on is in between Cincinnati and North College Hill in Hamilton County. Because of how district maps were drawn during the last bout of redistricting, the west half of her house is in Ohio’s second district, […]

Redistricting: Education funding hangs in balance with unbalanced districts

BY: - August 18, 2021

The redrawing of legislative maps has an impact on where you go to vote and who to call at the Ohio Statehouse, but it also determines the support students get when they go to school, and what teachers can and can’t do in their classrooms. So say members of teachers unions and education advocates across […]

Redistricting public hearings announced. Here are the dates and locations

BY: - August 14, 2021

The Ohio Redistricting Commission announced the schedule for meetings throughout the state where the public will be able to give input on redrawing legislative districts. Public hearings will be in: Cleveland: Aug. 23 – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Cleveland State University Student Center, Room SC311 (Ballroom, 3rd Floor), 2121 Euclid Avenue Cleveland. COVID-19 guidelines […]