Compared to its forerunners, Issue 1 has some weaknesses, and also a strength:
- The main weakness of Issue 1 is that it does not apply to U.S. Congressional districts, but only to the Ohio General Assembly. So, it would block critters like the Statehouse gerrymanders pictured above, but would allow monsters like the Congressional gerrymanders pictured here:
- Also, Issue 1 would not redraw a map until 2021, after the next census, so the current gerrymanders would remain till then.
- Another weakness is that it keeps politicians drawing the map, but it does require a bi-partisan majority -- at least two votes from committee members of each of the two largest parties -- to pass a ten-year map.
- Another weakness is this loophole: If an agreement cannot be reached, a simple majority -- without the bipartisan requirement -- can pass a map for four years. But Issue 1 specifically bans favoring a party as a primary criterion for mapping, and specifies three public committee meetings, which might shine a light on any attempt to do so.
- A strength of Issue 1 is that it spells-out the mapping procedure step-by-step, so that it could fairly easily be rendered to a computer program. The procedure respects county, township and municipal boundaries, and works within a reasonably equal (within 5% of perfect) apportionment range.
Extend the authority of Ohio Redistricting Commission to drawing districts for the United States House of Representatives, under the same rules and procedures as for drawing districts for the Ohio House of Representatives.
Ohio 2015 Election Info
Image CreditAll gerrymander images (CC BY) TheParagraph.com. Ohio House Source map from the office of the Ohio Secretary of State.
Issue 1 "Ohio Bipartisan Redistricting Commission Amendment, Issue 1 (2015)" - Ballotpedia
anti-gerrymandering measure of 2005 "Ohio Ballot Issues Address ’04 Election Ills" by Quinn Hungeski, The Paragraph; November 6, 2005
anti-gerrymandering measure of 2012 "Ohio Fights Grotesque Gerrymanders" by Quinn Hungeski, The Paragraph; August 6, 2012
both failed "Ohio Redistricting Commission, Amendment 4 (2005)" - Ballotpedia
wide margins "Ohio Redistricting Amendment, Issue 2 (2012)" - Ballotpedia
Congressional gerrymanders pictured "Ohio Fights Grotesque Gerrymanders" by Quinn Hungeski, The Paragraph; August 6, 2012
bans favoring a party "(130th General Assembly) (Amended Substitute House Joint Resolution Number 12)" - Ohio Secretary of State (pdf)
Section 6. The Ohio redistricting commission shall attempt to draw a general assembly district plan that meets all of the following standards:
(A) No general assembly district plan shall be drawn primarily to favor or disfavor a political party.
(B) The statewide proportion of districts whose voters. based on statewide state and federal partisan general election results during the last ten years. favor each political party shall correspond closely to the statewide preferences of the voters of Ohio.
(C) General assembly districts shall be compact.
Nothing in this section permits the commission to violate the district standards described in Section 2. 3. 4. 5. or 7 of this article.
spells-out the mapping "(130th General Assembly) (Amended Substitute House Joint Resolution Number 12)" - Ohio Secretary of State (pdf)
(C) House of representatives districts shall be created and numbered in the following order of priority. to the extent that such order is consistent with the foregoing standards:
(1) Proceeding in succession from the largest to the smallest. each county containing population greater than one hundred five per cent of the ratio of representation in the house of representatives shall be divided into as many house of representatives districts as it has whole ratios of representation. Any fraction of the population in excess of a whole ratio shall be a part of only one adjoining house of representatives district.
(2) Each county containing population of not less than ninety-five per cent of the ratio of representation in the house of representatives nor more than one hundred five per cent of the ratio shall be designated a representative district.
(3) The remaining territory of the state shall be divided into representative districts by combining the areas of counties. municipal corporations, and townships. Where feasible. no county shall be split more than once.
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