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Redistricting Reform Backer Stresses Patience Despite Ohio's Gerrymandered Maps

Common Cause Ohio’s Catherine Turcer speaks at a press conference about the redistricting process in Ohio.
Common Cause Ohio’s Catherine Turcer speaks at a press conference about the redistricting process in Ohio.

Three ballot initiatives to reform redistricting failed before Ohio voters passed changes for the Statehouse maps in 2015 and for Congress in 2018. One of the key backers of those efforts said it’s important to remember that when determining the next steps now.

Common Cause Ohio’s Catherine Turcer is frustrated with the new maps from the Ohio Redistricting Commission that are gerrymandered to give Republicans supermajorities at the Statehouse. She said that’s not what Ohioans wanted when they overwhelmingly voted to change the process.

But she said the top priorities are legal options and the upcoming Congressional map, and not another ballot initiative at least not right now.

“It makes sense to take what we learn during this map-making cycle and apply it to whatever the reforms we need to do are next,” Turcer said.

Future ballot issues should be well thought out and planned carefully, she said.

State lawmakers are supposed to produce a congressional map with one less district by the end of this month. But it’s likely that won’t happen until November.

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