Ohio Subdivision Commission Continues Mapping Process

NS: Susan Teben

Members of the Ohio Subdivision Commission closed the week in Mansfield as the constituency continued to comment on the legislative district mapping and share ideas about the process.

During the week of the twice-daily meeting, beginning in Cleveland and through the states to Youngstown, Dayton, Cincinnati, Zanesville, Rio Grande, Lima, Toledo, Akron, and Mansfield, the committee members and their nominees parted ways. Neighbors who want their districts, shared housing, and parishes to be complete within the constituency.

“This year we are here because we have an opportunity, and certainly an obligation, to build a stronger and fairer foundation for the next decade,” said Merrill Naiman of Bexley at a hearing in Mansfield Friday afternoon. “.

Some participants show that republican rule of the state was decided by the electorate, not that the district was portrayed as favoring GOP candidates over full-time representatives, but that gerrymandering is a state affair. I said no.

However, after the process moved to map drawing and at least three constitutionally required hearings took place after the map was proposed, the citizens of Ohio took a voting initiative that changed the constituency change mechanism in the state. Further focus on the transparency into which they were supposedly built. And it was decided by the overwhelming majority of voters to fight against Gerrymandering.

There are no secret meetings, say the committee members

Throughout the week, the speakers worried whether the members of the committee or their staff meeting were drawing a map in favor of one side. These concerns stemmed from efforts to move constituencies in 2011. These efforts did not have the same rules as the current voting initiative and have been accused of being a secret process that took place without public opinion.

These concerns are also unfounded, according to the current members of the constituency change committee. Foreign Secretary Frank LaRose told the OCJ Thursday that statewide constituency changes should be discussed, but no malicious meetings were held to move the boundaries of any particular district.

“It’s an illusion,” he said. “It just doesn’t happen.”

The Foreign Minister compared the allegations of private hearings by members of the Commission or their staff with “conspiracy theories” about the integrity of elections.

“I haven’t attended any conferences about it,” said La Rose. “Maybe with overly active imaginations people imagine some kind of secret conspiracy, but it’s just not the reality.”

Larose wasn’t the only one to deny the existence of a private constituency change meeting. Previously, chartered accountant Keith Faber refused to hold a meeting at the OKJ’s request after the hearing in Zanesville.

House spokesman and commission co-chair, Bob Cup, also said he had not attended any meetings other than those who “follow the rules.”

“We speak clearly to our employees, and our employees are working on putting this process into practice,” Cup told the OCJ on Thursday after the hearing in Lima. “We don’t do that in relation to meetings of groups or factions of the committee to discuss it.”

Senator Matt Huffman spokesman John Fortney called the secret meeting allegations “the same old superficial allegations he’s used to hearing from the former Ohio Democratic Party leader,” and was one of them, David. Mentioned pepper. At the Cincinnati hearing, ask about the claim.

“For us, the job is done in state offices, and because of the four month delay in the census, the process can be completed without interruption and without further delay,” said Fortney. Lord says.

Two Democrats on the constituency change committee called for the rules to be passed as soon as possible and for a card to be presented for public review. House minority leader Emilia Sykes spoke at the Lima conference calling for plans to introduce card proposals.

“I think it helps us steer the rest of this process and deadline and start the discussion,” says Sykes.

Commission co-chair Vernon Sykes, the only committee member to attend all 10 hearings this week, said more public debate was needed to address the map.

Vernon Sykes said at a hearing in Lima that “this must be treated similarly to the budget of the conference committee report, which will be published in time for the outcome to be announced.” I do not think so. “

The commission was set up last week to vote on the commission’s rules, rules setting out future timetables and procedures for the presentation and approval of cards, but according to the commissioners, a bipartisan agreement has been reached. The vote was postponed for lack of it.

Mr Cup said the commission is trying to reach bipartisan consensus on the rules. “But I think we’re not there yet.”

“It’s really about when and how this agency publishes maps and reviews or reviews maps,” said Vernon Sykes.

A more general opinion is supported on both sides of the aisle, among other things. A minimum of three hearings are required after the card is presented and the first deadline is September 1st.

“I think most of us are working on having multiple hearings on the map regardless of whether we can meet the September 1st deadline,” Cup said at the Lima meeting. I told the participants.

If the commission does not agree with the card in the first ballot, at least one additional hearing is required for the card with a simple majority vote of the commission.

The organization sponsors the proposed card

Once data from the US Census Bureau were available to the state for mapping purposes, organizations eagerly awaiting the start of the process would submit a map proposal for the commission to consider. It started.

The Ohio Citizens’ Subdivision Commission, a coalition of Ohio people separate from the official Ohio Subdivision Commission, has a “unified map” that they say reflects Ohio’s electoral system, not a political majority. Announced.

The Citizens Committee Map suggests 12 “Minority Opportunity Districts” to the Ohio House and 4 “Minority Opportunity Districts” to the Senate. The proportion of the black population of voting age in these districts is at least 30%.

Currently, nine legislative cards and 19 parliamentary cards have been submitted to the Ohio Subdivision Commission’s website for committee publication and review.

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