OSCPA endorses State Issue 1

Written on Apr 19, 2018

OSCPA staff report

The Ohio Society of CPAs is endorsing State Issue 1, the Congressional Redistricting Procedures Amendment on the May 8 ballot.

“Issue 1 would create a fairer, more transparent and bipartisan process for drawing Ohio’s 16 congressional districts in the U.S. House,” said Barbara Benton, CAE, OSCPA’s vice president of governmental relations. “If passed, it would ensure that Ohio voters’ interests are fully represented, and it would enhance Ohio’s business environment.”

The proposal would amend the state’s constitution to create a bipartisan commission that would work to keep cities and counties intact when new district boundaries are drawn, helping voters know who their representatives are and avoiding gerrymandering. Two votes from each party would be required to approve a revised, 10-year district plan. Further, the Ohio Supreme Court could order the commission to redraw the map if it was determined to favor one political party over another. If enacted, it would take effect Jan. 1, 2021.

If passed, Issue 1 would encourage more competitive general election races by ensuring districts are more politically balanced. There is no organized opposition to this new approach. OSCPA formally endorsed a similar statewide ballot issue in 2015 that addressed the drawing of Ohio House and Ohio Senate districts. Please click here for more information on Issue 1.

Related, the Society last week announced General Assembly endorsements for the May 8 primary election. Only candidates with strong voting records who are facing a primary opponent were considered.

OSCPA uses a member-driven process for endorsements. Other Ohio House and Ohio Senate races will be considered after the May 8 Primary Election, along with all Ohio statewide races and – possibly – other state ballot issues.

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