Columbus – Today, members of the Ohio Senate Democratic Caucus released the following statements after the Senate unanimously (31-0) voted to pass SJR 5, which reforms the process of congressional redistricting.

Minority Leader Kenny Yuko (D-Richmond Heights) said:

“In the past several months, the citizens of Ohio have expressed the desire to see fair bipartisan maps drawn. Many of them came to the Statehouse to testify against gerrymandering and explain how unfair districts affect them. Many more volunteered all across the state, collecting signatures to put their reform plan on the ballot. I’m confident that this resolution addresses their concerns and that it will give the minority party a say in the redistricting process, which will ensure fairer districts and better representation.

“This plan may not be picture perfect, but what we have accomplished today is an example of the necessary comprise it takes to accomplish meaningful change in politics.”

 

Senator Vernon Sykes (D-Akron), who served on the four-member working group that was formed in September last year to reform redistricting, said:

“For weeks, we met with stakeholders, interested parties and legislators from both sides of the aisle. This plan is not the plan we would have written—but it is also not the plan that our Republican colleagues originally brought to us.

“The goal of the working group was to create a congressional redistricting process that requires substantial bipartisan support and that includes strict enough criteria to prevent gerrymandering if one party draws the map. I believe the version of SJR 5 before us today achieves those two goals. While this is not a perfect plan, my colleagues and the Fair District = Fair Elections coalition recognize that it allows a fair map to be drawn and unfair maps to be blocked.”

 
 
 
  
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