Campaign News

  • Ohio senator talks redistricting at ‘lunch and learn’ event
    LIMA — Ohio voters thought the issue of gerrymandering, in which the determination of political district boundaries would favor one political party over another, was settled in a 2015 referendum that created the Ohio Redistricting Commission, a body that would provide for a more bipartisan approach to district mapping. However, in the wake of controversial redistricting results that led to multiple court cases in 2022 … Read more
  • How a redistricting amendment might affect candidates on Ohio’s fall ballot
    Redistricting reform supporters are waiting to see if they make the Nov. 5 ballot – though it seems likely, since they submitted 300,000 more signatures than they needed. That would make it the only statewide issue on the fall ballot, since the group backing a minimum wage hike failed to get the required signatures.ic in The statewide ballot will feature a presidential race and a … Read more
  • Proposed fair-districts plan will empower everyday Ohioans at the expense of Statehouse insiders
    For once, good news for Ohioans from the Statehouse: An enthusiastic throng, spearheaded by the retired chief justice of Ohio’s Supreme Court – Greater Cleveland Republican Maureen O’Connor – celebrated the submission last week of 731,306 signatures by registered voters who are backing a proposed Ohio constitutional amendment (the Citizens Not Politicians plan) to stymie the rigging of General Assembly and Ohio’s U.S. House districts … Read more
  • Citizens Not Politicians Releases First Salvo of the Campaign: Online Video Highlights Efforts to End Gerrymandering in Ohio
    First in Series of Videos Underscores Broad Based Support for New Constitutional Amendment Just days after handing in more than 730,000 signatures and rallying hundreds of Republican, Democrat and Independent voters for a packed Statehouse demonstration, the Citizens Not Politicians coalition on Monday released its first salvo of the campaign for a constitutional amendment to end gerrymandering: A new video that highlights the damage gerrymandering … Read more
  • We can finally end gerrymandering in Ohio
    As the State of Ohio policy advocate for the National Council of Jewish Women, my volunteer role is to assist our members in creating relationships with our elected officials so those officials hear from and understand their constituents’ positions on proposed legislation. Fairness in elections is a critical part of our democracy and an issue of high importance. Elections are supposed to be about determining … Read more
  • Citizens speaking on Ohio’s districts
    Members of Ohio’s Redistricting Commission were served notice on July 1 that ordinary Ohioans have had enough of the mess the commission purposefully made of our voting districts. According to the Ohio Secretary of State’s office, the group Citizens Not Politicians managed to collect more than 731,000 signatures to prove the point. The effort was aimed at getting an amendment to the Ohio Constitution placed … Read more
  • ‘End gerrymandering:’ Petition submitted to end political redistricting in Ohio
    (The Center Square) – A constitutional amendment to prevent political redistricting is likely to appear on the Ohio ballot in November. The Citizens Not Politicians campaign delivered 731,306 signatures collected from all 88 Ohio counties to the Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s office for a constitutional amendment to establish an independent redistricting commission. The initiative has broad bipartisan backing. Supporters say the amendment, which bars current or … Read more
  • Citizens of Ohio serve notice to Redistricting Commission
    Members of Ohio’s Redistricting Commission were served notice earlier Monday that ordinary Ohioans have had enough of the mess the commission purposefully made of our voting districts. According to the Ohio Secretary of State’s office, the group Citizens Not Politicians managed to collect more than 731,000 signatures to prove the point. The effort was aimed at getting an amendment to the Ohio Constitution placed on … Read more
  • Monday was a big step forward for Ohioans taking back their government from leaders who have stolen it: Today in Ohio
    CLEVELAND, Ohio — Ohio is one step closer to having a high-stakes redistricting reform amendment on the November ballot after backers submitted hundreds of thousands of voter signatures to the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office on Monday. We’re talking about the future of our government on Today in Ohio. Listen online here. Editor Chris Quinn hosts our daily half-hour news podcast, with editorial board member Lisa Garvin, … Read more
  • Ohio Voters Could End Gerrymandering This November
    Voters should be the ones to choose their leaders, not the other way around. While that idea may seem obvious, there are many states — including Ohio — where the people in charge of drawing voting maps are the politicians who stand to benefit most from manipulating those maps.   When politicians manipulate how voting maps are drawn to benefit themselves or their party, that’s … Read more
  • Ohio’s reasonable, rational voters have been abandoned by extremist gerrymandered lawmakers
    Nobody, but showboating extremists in the Ohio legislature, gives a damn about which school bathroom is used by a minuscule number of transgender students. Ask anyone not cocooned in a right-wing media bubble of religious zealotry, fear, and grievance about bathroom policing of trans youth and chances are they couldn’t care less.   Unlike state lawmakers — consumed with slipping bogus bathroom bans into an unrelated Ohio House … Read more
  • Over 731K signatures submitted to state in latest push for redistricting reform
    An Ohio political group hand delivered more than 731,000 petition signatures to the secretary of state’s doorstep on Monday with the hope that it’s enough to allow Ohioans to vote on redistricting reform this November. Signature verification by the state is set to follow. At least 413,487 of those signatures need to be valid, and 44 of Ohio’s 88 counties need to be represented by … Read more
  • ‘Our house, our maps:’ group delivers sig­na­tures to put citizen-led amendment on ballot
    This November, Ohioans may may weigh another statewide citizen-led change to Ohio’s constitution. Monday morning, two U-Haul trucks delivered 810 boxes to Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s office. Each box was filled with signatures collected from every county in the state in support of Citizens Not Politicians, a nonpartisan campaign to get a citizen-initiated constitutional amendment on November’s ballot. The group wants to create a … Read more
  • Campaign to get new political mapmaking system on Ohio’s ballot submits more than 700,000 signatures
    Backers of a proposal to change Ohio’s troubled political mapmaking system delivered hundreds of thousands of signatures on Monday as they work to qualify for the statewide ballot this fall. Citizens Not Politicians dropped off more than 700,000 petition signatures to Republican Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s office in downtown Columbus, according to Jen Miller, director of League of Women Voters. LaRose now will … Read more
  • Ohio redistricting issue likely this fall as group turns in more signatures than needed
    U-Hauls backed in and out of a freight loading dock behind Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s office in downtown Columbus on Monday, delivering stacks of boxes filled with paper petitions from across the state. The petitions contain signatures from Ohioans in all 88 counties who want to change the redistricting process. It takes months and lots of money to mount a successful effort to … Read more
  • Citizens Not Politicians Campaign Submits 731,306 Signatures to End Gerrymandering in Ohio
    Hundreds Rally at Ohio Statehouse to Restore Power to Citizens In a powerful display of popular support, the Citizens Not Politicians campaign today delivered 731,306 signatures from every county in Ohio to the Secretary of State’s Office for a constitutional amendment to end gerrymandering in Ohio. Republican, Democrat, and Independent Ohio voters unloaded 810 boxes of petitions from four trucks and delivered them to the … Read more
  • Group hoping to change how lawmakers’ districts are drawn to file petitions for fall ballot
    A group that hopes to change the process used for drawing legislative and congressional district lines will file their signatures Monday to put their plan before voters this fall. Citizens Not Politicians needs 413,487 valid signatures on petitions to put the constitutional amendment on the November ballot. The group said it will submit 731,000 signatures to the Ohio Secretary of State’s office Monday. They’ve been … Read more
  • ‘The way our districts are drawn is BS:’ Ohio redistricting effort moves toward fall ballot
    Fed up with politicians manipulating maps to ensure reelection, a crowd of Ohio voters took a key step toward offering a redistricting alternative on the November ballot. That alternative would replace Ohio’s current system for drawing congressional and legislative maps, which relies on elected officials, with a 15-member panel of Ohioans without close ties to politics. The campaign, called Citizens Not Politicians, delivered more than … Read more
  • Ohio redistricting amendment campaign submits hundreds of thousands of voter signatures in bid to make November ballot
    Campaign workers with the Citizens Not Politicians redistricting amendment unload boxes of petitions at a loading dock for the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office in Columbus on Monday, July 1, 2024. (Andrew J. Tobias, J. Tobias, COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio is one step closer to having a high-stakes redistricting reform amendment on the November ballot, after backers submitted hundreds of thousands of voter signatures to … Read more
  • Ohio group backing citizen redistricting to submit 731K signatures for November ballot
    Ohio could soon vote on a new redistricting model that replaces politicians with a citizen panel. Backers of the overhaul are poised to submit more than 731,000 signatures on Monday to make the November ballot. Citizens Not Politicians wants to replace the current method of drawing congressional and legislative districts, which relies on politicians holding the mapmaking pen, with a 15-member citizen panel. Five Democrats, … Read more
  • VOICES: Ohio locked in a battle to make voting equality the regular work of government
    When Jefferson wrote “all men are created equal,” he argued natural rights were rendered by “nature’s God,” that men were born with them. Jefferson believed “that we are and have always been the source of our own authority; that we govern ourselves not through acts of faith but through acts of understanding; and that if we should find ourselves beholden to some other imaginary authority, … Read more
  • New Report Outlines How to Make a Redistricting Commission Effective
    Voters should choose their politicians, not the other way around. Redistricting commissions — when done right — are a crucial, voter-centric reform designed to make the redistricting process transparent and impartial. In 2021, 22 states utilized redistricting commissions to draw state legislative or congressional maps, directly impacting political representation for over 80 million voters — nearly 50% of all registered American voters. But not all … Read more
  • Proposed amendment would invite Ohioans to the mapmaking table for the first time
    Who cares about Shelby County? Not Statehouse politicians, who callously carved up Shelby County in drawing the latest map of Ohio’s 15 congressional districts. The Ohio Constitution requires congressional districts to be compact, not irregularly shaped. It also requires contiguity, keeping neighboring communities together. The current map ignores these requirements. Shelby County is a prime example of the disdain of state lawmakers who drew the … Read more
  • Ohio leaders can’t be trusted to put good of people first. Amendment will right process.
    American government is a complex machine. The Founders ensured it would be when crafting the U.S. Constitution, reserving “few and defined” powers to the federal government, leaving “numerous and indefinite” powers as to the states, as James Madison explained. The Founders’ intent to protect citizens from federal overreach ensured the United States would, in time, develop one of the most decentralized systems of government in … Read more
  • The Ballot Measures Aim to Reduce Partisanship. Can They Fix American Politics?
    Americans of both parties routinely express deep concern about the state of the country’s democracy. This fall, many voters may have a chance to do something about it, by voting on state ballot measures related to the nuts and bolts of elections and governance. Eight states, including Ohio and seven others largely in the West, appear all but certain to field ballot measures that would … Read more
  • Cleveland redistricting must be fair for Black voters
    CLEVELAND — In the ongoing saga of American democracy, one fundamental principle stands tall: every citizen deserves fair representation. In Ohio, politicians continue to frustrate that notion through unfair and unconstitutional policies. For Cleveland voters, Black voices have been stifled for far too long due to unfair redistricting practices. It is imperative we advocate for redistricting that ensures equitable representation for all, especially the Black … Read more