Misrepresentative lawmaking will continue in Ohio until voters have fair maps

The current Ohio Redistricting Commission (ORC) is made up of seven spots, all politicians. Two spots go to two Republican lawmakers, one from the House and one from the Senate, and two go to two Democratic lawmakers, one from the House and one from the Senate. The three remaining seats include the governor, secretary of state, and auditor. If there is bipartisan agreement, maps are implemented for 10 years, and if there is not, a partisan majority can implement maps four years at a time.

The Citizens Not Politicians proposal would create a 15-member Ohio Citizens Redistricting Commission (OCRC) made up of Republican, Democratic and independent citizens who broadly represent the different geographic areas and demographics of the state. It would ban current or former politicians, political party officials, lobbyists, and large political donors from sitting on the commission. It would require fair and impartial districts by making it unconstitutional to draw voting districts that discriminate against or favor any political party or individual politician. It would also mandate the commission to operate under an open and independent process.

Ohio Capital Journal