It’s official — Ohioans will vote May 8 to change how the state draws congressional districts to a process supporters say will be more fair, transparent and bipartisan. The General Assembly’s proposed constitutional amendment will be Issue 1, the only statewide issue on the May primary election ballot. The Ohio Ballot Board, a bipartisan panel led by the secretary of state, met Tuesday and approved a ballot summary and arguments for and against Issue 1.
“I’d like to congratulate the members of the General Assembly for bringing this to us today, and I look forward to seeing it on the ballot in May,” Secretary of State Jon Husted, a longtime redistricting reform advocate, said after the panel unanimously approved ballot language.
The argument for Issue 1 was drafted by a bipartisan group of legislators who helped craft the amendment. It touts the amendment’s limits on splitting counties and communities, requirement for minority party support at each step of the process and use of “anti-gerrymandering criteria.”