Several dozen people marched down the hall this week toward Ohio State Senator Matt Huffman’s office. One of them carried petitions signed by people who want a fair congressional district map free of political gerrymandering. As they poured into his office, only to find that he was not in, they shared their concerns over his current redistricting plan Senate Joint Resolution 5 with his legislative aide. They are not the only people to dislike what he is proposing. Janetta King, the president of Innovation Ohio says Ohioans want a process where there is bi-partisan drawing of congressional districts. “Quite frankly, this is not [that] process,” said King.
King says the plan has its faults, pointing out experts in the field of redistricting say it is worse than what we have now, but it isn’t all bad. She says the plan could be a starting point, which may not be what Huffman wants to hear.
Huffman wants his plan polished and on its way to the House of Representatives by the end of next week. A lofty goal considering it lacks the bipartisan support the leaders of both chambers say they would like it to have.