Census numbers will be released to Ohio several months late, but it’s time now to start the public process needed to draw fair, representative Congressional and state legislative districts under the reforms approved overwhelmingly by voters across the state to prevent partisan gerrymandering.  The Ohio Legislative Service Commission prepared this overview in 2020 for state legislators on how the new process works: https://www.lsc.ohio.gov/documents/reference/current/membersonlybriefs/133%20Redistricting%20in%20Ohio.pdf

Here’s how you can help:

  • Get trained Thursday, April 8 to be part of the legislator accountability team in Ohio (learn more)
  • Use this link to ask your state legislator to take steps needed now to ensure a transparent mapmaking process with ample time for informed citizen input
  • Register for the webinar “Race and Redistricting, April 21, 6 pm, presented by the League of Women Voters Ohio, Common Cause Ohio, and the Ohio Council of Churches
  • Visit the website of Fair Districts Ohio for a wealth of resources. Fair Districts Ohio is a nonpartisan collaboration including the League of Women Voters Ohio and Common Cause Ohio.

Advocacy briefings are compiled by Ariel Miller, a member of Ascension & Holy Trinity, Wyoming,  and a member of the diocesan Becoming Beloved Community Leadership Team.