Learn more about Issue 1 at local forums

Bay Village and Westlake residents will have two opportunities to learn about Issue 1, the General Assembly's proposal to reform Congressional redistricting in Ohio. Bay Village resident Susan Murnane is co-president of the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland. She will speak on Issue 1 at O'Neill Healthcare Lakewood at 3:45 p.m. on Thursday, April 5, in the fourth-floor education room of the Assisted Living Building, 1381 Bunts Road; and at O'Neill Healthcare Fairview Park, 20770 Lorain Road, at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 26. Murnane's talks will be followed by question-and-answer sessions.

Issue 1 proposes an amendment to the Ohio Constitution to change the way Congressional districts are drawn in order to reduce partisan gerrymandering. It was enacted by an overwhelming bi-partisan majority of the Ohio General Assembly on Feb. 6 and it will appear on the May 8 primary ballot. It is supported by both major political parties and Fair Districts Ohio, the coalition of non-partisan reform groups that had been collecting petition signatures to place a different congressional redistricting reform measure on the November ballot.

If Issue 1 passes, it will become law. League of Women Voters is a founding member of Fair Districts Ohio and urges a yes vote on Issue 1 on May 8.

Murnane will discuss how gerrymandering works and the history of redistricting reform efforts in Ohio. She will explain how Issue 1 will restrict politicians' ability to manipulate district boundaries for partisan advantage.

Gerrymandering is an important issue throughout the country. Many states are gerrymandered, and the non-partisan Brennan Institute reports that in addition to Ohio, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma and Colorado are attempting anti-gerrymandering ballot initiatives. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently ruled its congressional districts unconstitutional and ordered new districts immediately implemented. The constitutionality of gerrymandered congressional districts in Wisconsin and Maryland are currently before the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Murnane and O'Neill Healthcare invite you to a lively discussion where you can have all your questions about Issue 1 and gerrymandering answered.

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 9:32 AM, 04.03.2018