REDISTRICTING REFORM GROUP SUBMITS PETITIONS FOR PLACEMENT ON FALL BALLOT

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July 3, 2012
 

REDISTRICTING REFORM GROUP SUBMITS PETITIONS FOR PLACEMENT ON FALL BALLOT
Voters First Amendment Takes Politicians and Special Interests Out of Redistricting; Replaces Them With Independent Nonpartisan Citizen Commission.

COLUMBUS, OH -- Voters First, the non-partisan movement led by the League of Women Voters, filed petitions today with the Ohio Secretary of State to place a constitutional amendment on the November ballot. The Voters First amendment ensures every Ohio voter's right to fair, competitive elections by replacing the current system—where politicians draw their own legislative and congressional districts—with an independent, non-partisan, citizens commission that will draw new districts out in the open for everyone to see. Politicians, lobbyists and political insiders are not permitted to serve on the commission.

“Under the current broken system, the politicians get to retreat to the backrooms and draw the lines of their own districts—giving them the power to rig districts to benefit themselves or their friends. It’s like letting the foxes guard the henhouse—and the results have been disastrous for Ohio,” said Ann Henkener, director of the League of Woman Voters.

The submission today includes the signatures of more than 430,000 Ohioans, which means Voters First has met the mandated requirement of collecting at least 385,253 signatures from half (44) of Ohio's 88 counties. During the Ohio Secretary of State’s verification period, we will continue to aggressively collect signatures to leave no stone unturned to give the people of Ohio the opportunity tell the politicians that it is time for voters to be in charge of drawing the Congressional and legislative districts.

“Every day we are being swamped with petitions from Ohioans who are desperate to clean up the system and today, hundreds of thousands of Ohioans have made their voices heard in favor of greater transparency and accountability,” said Catherine Turcer, chair of Voters First. “This amendment takes the power to draw legislative districts out of the hands of politicians, and puts it back in the hands of the people. We look forward to giving the voters the opportunity to vote “yes” on this in November.”


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