As part of the primary election on May 8, voters will be asked to weigh in on a proposal to change the way Congressional districts in Ohio are established. State Issue 1 is a Constitutional amendment that is being proposed by the Ohio General Assembly.
State Issue 1 would establish a new process for how Ohio handles congressional redistricting, replacing the existing process in which a simple majority of the General Assembly determines the new congressional districts by passing a bill that the governor then signs into law. While state lawmakers will continue to control the map-making process under the new proposal, it will require a bipartisan supermajority and includes other checks and balances that guard against partisan gerrymandering. The proposal also establishes other fair criteria that must be followed for drawing congressional districts.
Additional information about State Issue 1, including the full text of the amendment, can be found at https://www.sos.state.oh.us/globalassets/ballotboard/2018/2018_primary_issuesreport.pdf
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