Ohio Dems consider a ballot challenge against maps

The chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party says the organization is considering launching a ballot repeal effort against a Republican-drawn congressional map, should it clear the GOP-controlled Legislature.
Sarah Weber
Sep 15, 2011

The chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party says the organization is considering launching a ballot repeal effort against a Republican-drawn congressional map, should it clear the GOP-controlled Legislature.

Chairman Chris Redfern said he plans Wednesday to hold a call with Democrats to discuss their options. He says he's also gauging support for a referendum among progressive organizations and other groups.

The map faces an expected Wednesday vote by an Ohio House committee.

Critics say the map packs Ohio's Democrats into four districts to create 12 districts that favor GOP candidates. Redfern called the map "dizzingly gerrymandered."

The Legislature must redraw current congressional boundaries by December with two fewer districts because of Ohio's declining population.

Ohio House Elections Committee Chairman Matt Huffman defends the proposed boundaries, saying they follow the law.

Comments

mikel

it was funnier than he!! watching marcy kapturd whining.  she knows that she will lose big once she can no longer depend on the lucas county voters!

6079 Smith W

According to Dear Leader, aren't the Dems supposed to be fightin' for jobs instead of blubbering about politics?

If the Dems were in control of the OH legislature, the Repubs would be doin' the same thing - politics pure and simple.

Since the Repubs get to re-draw the districts and OH lost two seats, look for the Repubs to virtually control the OH legislature for the next 10 yrs. or more.

If the Repubs don't become RINOs, this state could be in for some good economic and fiscal times.

 

SamAdams

Oh, for pity's sake. When the Democrats draw district lines, they do the same stupid thing. I'm not excusing the political motivations behind redrawing those lines by any stretch. I'm just saying the Dems have no leg to stand on when it comes to whining.

The New World Czar

I don't know who is funnier, Redfern or Redfern.

tcj1985

 Has anyone here actually looked at the maps?!  Erie County will be split among 3----yes, 3----congressional districts.  How ridiculous!

Sam

Chris Redfern has been so sucessful for the dems.  How many statewide officerholders at the present time that was elected, answer 0, keep up the good work Chris.....

jas

For God's sake people, look at the map and tell us with a straight face it's not ridiculous. Yes, the Democrats would have probably done the same thing but that doesn't make it right. People in Toledo, Sandusky, and Cleveland don't have the same concerns or problems and don't belong in the same district.

More respect should be given to the political subdivisions already in place. Any township, town, village, city, or county that has less than half the number of people required to be in a district, should be in the same district. For example, if each district must have 500,000 people in it, then any township, town, village, city, or county that has less than 250,000 people should be in the same district. This would more likely have the same representative representing people with the same concerns or problems.

Why should the number of voters from one party or the other be the determinative factor in drawing the lines? Aren't there more important considerations that should go into redistricting?