Reform Proposals

Eliminate the current system and establish an independent bipartisan or nonpartisan redistricting commission. Removing the redistricting process from elected officials and, most importantly the dominance of one political party, will diminish the maneuvering which gives the advantage to one political party over another.

The process for selecting maps should be transparent and encourage public participation. Any individual or group should be permitted to submit its own plan. This would require that the State of Ohio provide the necessary election information so that various entities — including members of the public and nonpartisan groups — can construct their own plans.

Maximizing competition should be a factor in drawing a redistricting plan, much like traditional factors such as the equal population requirement, minority voting rights, contiguity, and compactness. Increasing the number of competitive districts would reduce the number of extremely safe districts and lessen the polarization that arises from heavily one party districts.