Ohio League of Women Voters’ explanation of the Ohio redistricting Amendment, also known as Issue 2:
The amendment would create a 12-person commission to draw legislative and congressional districts.
Final legislative and congressional districts are to be those that most closely meet four criteria:
1. Preserving whole communities
2. Maximizing the number of competitive districts
3. Balancing the number of districts leaning toward one party or another to closely match the state’s political leaning
4. Keeping districts compact
No map is to be adopted with intent to favor a political party, incumbent or potential candidate.
Proponents argue that
1. The proposal is a common sense reform towards fixing a broken system.
2. It would reduce the extreme partisanship that makes compromise difficult.
3. The drawing of congressional and legislative district lines needs to be more accountable, transparent and balanced.
4. Politicians and special interests would not be able to rig the system to their advantage.
Opponents argue that
1. Redistricting should not be put in the hands of unelected bureaucrats.
2. Commission members would not have requirements about ethics and financial disclosure and could not be removed.
3. The commission would have unlimited funding.
4. Most Ohioans would be prohibited from serving on the panel based on rigid eligibility rules.
Source: Quoted from League of Women Voters website
My Take on the opposition arguments 1, 2 & 3: Yeah, like our elected bureaucrats are beacons of ethical probity and fiscal responsibility. Point 4 isn’t worthy of comment.
For a complete explanation of the terms and restrictions of the Ohio redistricting Amendment, also known as Issue 2, go to http://mytakeontoday.wordpress.com/2012/10/20/ohio-redistricting-amendment-issue-2-2012/