Fair Districts

As Senate Minority Leader, Joe successfully negotiated with Democrats and Republicans in both chambers to get legislative redistricting on the ballot as Issue 1. Now Ohio needs fair districts at the Congressional level.

In 2020, Ohio will redraw its legislative district lines in a fairer, less partisan way. This state level redistricting is one of Joe’s most important Statehouse accomplishments.

As Senate Minority Leader, Joe successfully negotiated with Democrats and Republicans in both chambers to get legislative redistricting on the ballot as Issue 1.

He sat in a room and negotiated for hours with Rep. Huffman, then-Senator Faber, and then-Rep Sykes to make sure the bill that became Issue 1 passed the Statehouse with bipartisan votes.

Because of these legislators’ efforts and the passion of Ohio volunteers and voters, Statehouse districts will be redrawn in 2020 with fairer lines.

Joe and some of his colleagues have been trying for years to do the same thing with Congressional redistricting, but that effort has faced even more resistance. It is likely we will need a citizens’ ballot initiative to get it done the right way.

Right now, hundreds of dedicated volunteers are collecting signatures to put Congressional redistricting on Ohio’s ballot. Joe fully supports that effort and encourages volunteers to collect redistricting signatures at his events.

Bottom line: Fair districts mean fair elections.
Joe firmly believes we must end gerrymandering and take politics out of the process of drawing district lines.

Politicians shouldn’t be able to pick their voters. It’s time to elect a governor with a long history of fighting for fair districts.