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Vote Yes On 2!

Every ten years, following the completion of the United States Census, Ohio’s state and federal political districts are re-drawn.  Districts must be adjusted to changes in population demographics so that districts are equal in size.  In the past, this process has been completed by the Ohio State legislature.  This means that legislators have the ability to draw their own district boundries, dividing neighborhoods or groups of people in ways that benefit their own electoral needs. 

The Voters First’s proposal will create an Independent Citizens Commission.  Politicians, lobbyists and political insiders are prohibited from serving on the commission. The Commission’s work will be open and it will be accountable to the public.  The Commission will empower voters to choose their politicians instead of politicians picking their voters.

Join us in our fight to put voters first, and find out what you can do to create a system of redistricting of, for, and by the people.

Common Cause Ohio believes that neighborhoods and communities are best represented when their needs can be addressed by single representatives.  Districts that maintain the continuity of these communities of interest result in more accountable and responsive legislators who can better meet the needs of their constituents.  For that reason, Common Cause Ohio has supported removing the conflict of interest that exists when legislators draw their own district boundaries and use political information to do it.

The term “Gerrymander” comes from a 19th-century distrct in Massachusetts that was shaped like a salamander. To learn more about “the duck,” “the snake,” and Ohio’s most strangely-shaped districts of 2012, visit http://www.ohiovotemap.com. And check out the Midwest Democracy Network's new mapping tool that allows voters to check out congression and state legislative district lines.

Putting Voters First

Voters First is led by the League of Women Voters, chaired by Common Cause Ohio Organizer Catherine Turcer, and supported by a broad coalition of groups and people from across Ohio. It was created to take the power over drawing our congressional and legislative districts out of the hands of the politicians and put it in the hands of the people.

The Voters First campaign comes after a highly controversial redistricting processwhere Ohio’s district maps — drawn by politicians — received widespread criticism from citizens and editorial boards of major newspapers across Ohio for destroying competition, dividing communities, and giving one political party an unfair advantage over the other party.

Why is Voters First, aka Issue 2, necessary?

•Ohio’s redistricting process has been rigged by corrupt politicians and their greedy special interest friends.
•They have stolen our voice, our vote and our power, rewriting the rules to benefit themselves at our expense.
•The result?  Government no longer represents “we the people,” but “we the politicians.”
•With Issue 2, decent people who want to solve our problems will finally get a fair shot at ousting the career politicians.
•Don’t listen to the lies.  Vote YES to end politics as usual—because when elections are fair and balanced, we the people win.

Voters First has been endorsed by the following organizations:

- ACT Ohio
- ACTION OHIO Coalition For Battered Women
- Alliance for Retired Americans in Ohio
- America Votes
- American Association of University Women
- Applied Information Resources
- Central Oho Democratic Women’s Caucus
- Children’s Defense Fund
- Coalition on Homelessness and Housing In Ohio
- Common Cause Ohio
- Environmental Health Watch
- EqualityOhio
- Independent Ohio
- League of Women Voters of Ohio
- Miami Valley Voter Protection Coalition
- NAACP Ohio Chapter
- NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio
- National Organization of Women, Ohio Chapter
- Ohio Citizen Action
- Ohio Civil Service Employees Association
- Ohio Conference of the American Association of University Professors
- Ohio Council of Churches
- Ohio Democratic Women’s Caucus
- Ohio Education Association
- Ohio Green Party
- Ohio Libertarian Party
- Ohio NOW Education & Legal Fund
- Ohio Organizing Collaborative
- Ohio Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
- Ohio Voice
- Organize! Ohio
- Planned Parenthood
- ProgressOhio
- SEIU 1199
- Sierra Club Ohio Chapter
- Summit County Progressive Democrats
- Toledo Area Jobs with Justice and Interfaith Worker Justice Coalition
- Upper Arlington Progressive Action
- We Are Ohio
- We Believe Ohio
- Working America
- Worthington Area Democratic Club