It looks like we’ll
have to wait a little bit longer to know if a state constitutional amendment
will be on the Nov. 6 ballot to change how Ohio draws up congressional and
state legislative districts.
Ohio Secretary of State
certified that the referendum effort collected 254,625 valid
signatures to fall 130,628 short of the needed 385,253 valid signatures to
appear as a statewide issue.
The petitioning group
Voters First also needs to collect signatures from at least 44 of Ohio’s 88
counties, and within each of those counties collect enough valid signatures
equal to 5 percent of the total votes cast for governor in the most recent
gubernatorial election, 2010.
Signatures met or
exceeded the 5 percent threshold in 34 counties, including Lake, Geauga and
Cuyahoga, according to the Secretary of State’s office.
Voters First has until
Saturday to submit additional signatures to Husted’s office, and the group said
that it will continue to collect them.
Ohio Republican Party
said he wasn’t surprised by Husted’s findings after the GOP
examined 2,000 of the petitions submitted.
Voters First seeks to
change the process regarding how districts are drawn up to one that is done by
a nonpartisan citizens commission.
Every 10 years when
U.S. Census results are released with new population totals, Ohio is able to
change the Ohio General Assembly districts’ boundaries.
By law, that process is
done by the state Reapportionment Board comprised of the governor, secretary of
state, auditor, and two state legislators from the opposite party.
Last year, Republicans
comprised a 4-1 majority on that board, essentially having a free hand to draw
the districts. Democrats last controlled the board in 1971 and 1981.
Shaping the boundaries
for congressional districts is done a little differently, as it is done by the
Ohio General Assembly, where Republicans currently are the majority in the Ohio
House of Representatives and Ohio Senate.
also were faced with the task of shrinking Ohio’s congressional districts down
to 16 after the state lost two seats U.S. House of Representatives because of
stagnant population growth the past decade.
of both methods say partisan politics plays too much of a role and the
boundaries that are drawn up often don’t make sense geographically or keep
regional interests in mind.
say that the party that controls these decisions should be able to retain that
right because voters had their say when electing statewide office holders and
members of the Ohio General Assembly.
say they also eliminated a GOP and Democratic leaning district as part of the
past, both Democrats and Republicans have talked about reforming the process to
draw these districts, but efforts have stalled because the party in power
doesn’t want to give that right up.
time to give voters the chance to have a say? We’ll see shortly.
Is Lake County
close to making a decision to leave the race for Ohio House
of Representatives District 60? He was selected as the Democratic Party’s
nominee during the Nov. 6 primary.
Fundraiser for Nancy McArthur
candidate for Ohio Senate District 32, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. July 26 at the home
and Melissa Pope
in Ashtabula. See McArthur.
Fundraiser for Lori DiNallo
candidate for Ohio House of Representatives District 60, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.,
July 26 at Fitzgerald’s Irish Bed And Breakfast in Painesville. See Jan Clair
Lake County Commissioner
hosts ninth annual Ferrante Winery Celebration, 5:30 to
8 p.m. Aug. 1 at Ferrante Winery & Ristorante, Harpersfield Township. See Ernie Koenig
Wine tasting event
honoring Judge Mary Jane Trapp
, 11th District Court of Appeals Court, 5
to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 1 at St. Joseph Vineyard, Madison Township. See Mike Apicella
Fundraiser for Jim Dvorak
candidate for Geauga County commissioner, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 2, at Colonial
Wine and Beverage, 8389 Mayfield Road, Chester Township. See Dvorak.
John Arthur Hutchison
Labels: 2012 election, Bob Bennett, Daniel P. Troy, Jon Husted, Ohio Democratic Party, Ohio House of Representatives, Ohio politics, Ohio Republican Party, Ohio Secretary of State, Ohio Senate, Voters First