Ohio advocacy organizations want to end gerrymandering, say Ohio is a swing state

Ohio is set to redraw state legislative and congressional district lines this year – and a coalition of about 20 progressive organizations calling themselves the Equal Districts Coalition are launching an effort to make sure the lines are drawn fairly. 

"Ohio really is a quintessential swing state, I will die on that hill," said Katy Shanahan, the Ohio state director for All on the Line, a grassroots campaign to end gerrymandering. "But for the last 10 years, we've lived under districts that are so gerrymandered that they belie the purple nature of our state."

Ohioans have amended the state constitution twice to try and make sure the redistricting process represents Ohioans accurately. The new rules require approval from the Democrats for a 10-year map. Republicans can draw their own map without any Democratic support – but if they do, the map will only last four years. 

Ohio's congressional districts from 2012 through 2022, in which the GOP maintained a 12-4 advantage for the entire decade.

Republicans have a supermajority in the House and the Senate and control 75% of state Senate seats even though Ohio consistently votes 55% to 45% for statewide Republican candidates.

"They are willing to cheat by any means necessary," said Desiree Tims, a former congressional candidate from Dayton and the current president and CEO of Innovation Ohio, a left-leaning policy group. 

Ohio is one of the most gerrymandered states in the country, according to a 2019 Associated Press analysis.

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