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Voters say YES to Issue 1

May 9, 2018, 10:48 AM

On May 8, Ohio voters approved a bipartisan plan to end partisan gerrymandering. The Yes on Issue 1 group posted the following statements, calling it a victory for Ohio voters.

After years of a rigged political system, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle finally put their differences aside and agreed on a fix for Ohio’s gerrymandered, partisan districts. That fix is Issue 1 and was endorsed by everyone: Republicans, Democrats, Independents, Ohio League of Women Voters and even former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. 

At the April meeting, the OCSEA State Board of Director’s endorsed a YES on Issue 1. The action by voters will end the crazy meandering legislative districts that shoot through city suburbs only to slice through country-sides sometimes hundreds of miles away.

Issue 1, albeit not perfect, at least is better than the system Ohio currently has in creating legislative maps. It puts in place a commission that decides when the parties reach an impasse, as well as other steps that must be followed when legislative lines are drawn.