In fall 2012, Ohio voters rejected a statewide ballot issue called Issue 2.
Issue 2 was rejected by about 63 percent of voters.
If approved, issue 2 would have would changed how Ohio draws the borders of legislative and congressional districts.
Currently, state legislators determine the boundaries of legislative districts. Congressional districts are determined by a board consisting of the governor, state auditor, secretary of state, one person selected by Republican leaders and one selected by Democratic leaders.
The task of determining district boundaries is important one because it can determine which political party is best positioned to win each seat. Often the party in power at the time of redistricting will draw boundaries that favor its interests.
If Issue 2 was approved, a public commission would have instead determined boundaries for both legislative and congressional districts.
The commission would have been made up of 12 members: four Republican members, four Democratic members and four non-affiliated members.
The approval of Issue 2 would have also required that new legislative and congressional districts be immediately established by the commission to replace the most recent districts adopted by elected representatives.
The Office of Budget and Management estimated that operating the commission specified by Issue 2 would cost between $11 million and $15 million dollars over the course of 7 years, from the 2013 through 2020 fiscal years. That’s about $1.6 million to $2.2 million per year.
What each vote meant:
- A “yes” vote meant that Ohio would change how it determines legislative and congressional districts’ boundaries.
- A “no” vote meant that process would remain unchanged.