Redistricting contest proves that better lines can be drawn
Monday, Jun. 22, 2009
On Thursday, the League of Women Voters of Ohio announced the results of the Ohio Redistricting Competition, a project years in the making. Stuart Wright, a Metro Columbus League member, submitted one of three winning plans.
The competition provides concrete proof that Ohio can rely on an open process based on objective criteria to produce fair legislative districts in Ohio.
The competition was first launched in March 2009 by a partnership of organizations and individuals, including former state Representative Joan Lawrence, current state Representative Dan Stewart, Professor Richard Gunther of OSU's Department of Political Science, Ohio Citizen Action, and Common Cause Ohio.
The objective criteria considered in the competition were compactness, communities of interest, competitiveness and representational fairness.
The three winning plans are listed below in no preference of order:
- Tim Clarke, Attorney, Avon, Ohio (USER PLAN 32)
- Stuart Wright, Columbus, Ohio (USER PLAN 5B)
- Mike Fortner, West Chicago, Illinois (USER PLAN 80)