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Issue 2: Amending the Ohio redistricting process

Community Editor

Published: Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Updated: Tuesday, October 30, 2012 03:10

What it Means to Vote Yes.

A majority Yes vote on Issue 2 will amend Article XI of the Constitution of the State of Ohio. It will change the redistricting process for state and federal legislative districts.

Under the amendment, a 12-person “Ohio citizens redistricting commission” will be formed to redraw the district lines. The commission will be funded by the state. The commission will include four members of the majority party, four members of the minority party and four members not affiliated with either party.

The amendment maps out the process of committee selection that is included in the ballot points A-F.

Members of the committee cannot be removed by the General Assembly or the executive branch.

Commitee meetings will be public record.

The commission will use population data from the federal decennial census from the U.S. Census Bureau to redraw lines based on “competitiveness, representational fairness and compactness.”

The ballot issue requires a simple majority to amend the Constitution. If passed, it will become law thirty days after the election.

The campaign for Vote Yes on Issue 2 is led by Voters First Ohio and the League of Women Voters.

What it Means to Vote No.

The current redistricting process is legislated under Article XI of the Constitution of the State of Ohio. The amendment designates members of the General Assembly to draw district lines according to the federal decennial census from the U.S Census Bureau. 

Every ten years the districts are redrawn by state legislatures in the majority party in the Ohio General Assembly. The majority party redraws districts so each district meets population requirements legislated in Article XI.

According to Article XI of the Ohio Constitution, “The governor, auditor of state, secretary of state, one person chosen by the speaker of the House of Representatives and the leader in the Senate of the political party of which the speaker is a member, and one person chosen by the legislative leaders in the two houses of the major political party of which the speaker is not a member shall be the persons responsible for the apportionment of this state for members of the general assembly.”

If the ballot issue receives a majority of votes, the Ohio Constitution and redistricting process will not be amended.

The campaign for Vote No on Issue 2 is led by Protect Your Vote Ohio.

For more information on Issue 2 and other issues on the ballot, visit the Ohio Secretary of State website, www.sos.state.os.us

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