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Robert Grandy
Jan 21, 2022   6:28 AM

No Gerymandering to favor one party over the other. Don't we tell our children not to cheat. OK, don't cheat.

Carren Herring
Jan 21, 2022   6:18 AM

We need fair, non partisan districts that allow the majority to choose their representatives

Richard Schenk
Jan 21, 2022   6:15 AM

I am truly concerned about the redistricting. We are a democracy. Only if everyone's vote really counts can we actually be a democracy. A balanced redistricting is essential for this to happen. The previous redistricting plan that was submitted was totally out of line. Please draw one that reflects our population.

Kristopher Weiss
Jan 21, 2022   4:10 AM

Don't DeRolf this. Voters voted. The constitution was amended and you owe us fair districts. Republicans continue to show their bad faith, but you must, for once, show good faith and ensure faith in our democratic process. When that goes, we're in huge trouble.

Valerie Hayden
Jan 21, 2022   1:53 AM

It is your sworn duty to uphold the constitution, and to that effect create districts that represent the makeup of Ohio.
You should not be taking away my vote by twisting voting districts into pretzels to favor your party. It is morally wrong and it violates your oath of office. Have some honor and dignity and fulfill your office as you were "elected" to do. Put you country before party.

Sandra Fiehrer
Jan 21, 2022   1:43 AM

Our voices in Dublin have been intentionally silenced for a decade by cracking us with rural counties. Republican partisan goals split our streets denying our community representation. Maps that put Dublin with Pickaway County are more of the same cracking. Fair Maps don't split Dublin into 3 or 4 districts.¨ Unite Dublin so statehouse districts reflect our neighborhoods & community where we live, play and work. The Dem Franklin reply maps put Dublin Franklin and Union Counties together, so did the maps passed last fall. Put community unity first, because it's the right thing.

John Winnenberg
Jan 21, 2022   1:37 AM

Nowhere has this issue been more evident than in rural Appalachian Ohio. I live in the former coal region in southern Perry County with very low wealth communities represented in Congress by wealthy suburban Columbus politicians. Neighboring Athens County is split into multiple districts, as are our cities, attempting to keep Democrats out of office and assuring power is centralized with a one party government. This is not democracy, and this threatens the future of our country. Fairness must be first, followed by creating districts that are created by logical regional boundaries...urban, suburban, farm country, hill country, river valleys, school athletic conferences, etc.

Bruce Lott
Jan 21, 2022   12:56 AM

Gerrymandering leads to lack of representation for communities and demographics that are targeted to be broken up or otherwise weakened. This is intolerable in the U.S. It is imperative that fair and impartial districts be drawn, not the ridiculous puzzle-piece districts intended to disenfranchise certain groups of voters! Listen to the Ohio Supreme Court, and use scientifically-justifiable methods for drawing fair and representative districts. For example, a state-wide or national candidate should win a percentage of the vote (using districts) approximately equal to the percentage of the popular vote in the state for that candidate.

J Dorthea Turner
Jan 21, 2022   12:54 AM

EVERY CITIZEN has the right to be heard and have their vote count equally to everyone else's. Zoning that bundles the VOTES of the poor, the underprivileged, or people of a certain race together is wrong and should NOT BE ACCEPTED. Legislation attempting to do so should be thrown out. Any attempt at creating laws to make it difficult for ANY CITIZEN to cast their vote should NOT BE ACCEPTED. Anything done to cause voters to have to wait in long lines, or travel to unfamiliar areas, or be unable
to vote by mail is wrong and should NOT BE ACCEPTED. Voting is a right, and making it more difficult to vote for ANY AMERICAN is wrong, whether that person is poor, rich, old, young, black, brown, white, or whatever, or born in another country but now an American. We need ALL Americans voices to be heard, and we should make it easier to vote, not harder. To demean or make difficult the ability to vote is to erode democracy and to cause democracy to DIE A DEATH OF A THOUSAND CUTS.

Darrell Cozen
Jan 21, 2022   12:51 AM

Thank you very much for making it easy for citizens to comment on the process for developing new district maps in Ohio. I am so happy that the first set of three unfair maps were rejected by the Supreme Court. It is now time for the Commission to at last develop maps that are fair to both parties and to the citizens of the state. We voted for this fairness twice in recent years, and, if we do not get fair districts, I will contribute again to another lawsuit.

David Fadeley
Jan 21, 2022   12:37 AM

I'm getting sick and tired of unfair districts. There are too many Pro-Trump people running for government positions and only gerrymandering allows people like them to win and subvert our entire democracy. We need to act now or America is lost forever.

Jeanne Boeke
Jan 21, 2022   12:35 AM

Please follow the constitution and adopt fair maps. There are multiple maps that have been judged to abide by the requirements of the constitutional amendments that the people of Ohio voted for and became law. It has been done so there is no excuse that it cannot.
Fair elections are the bedrock of our democracy. I fervently ask that you put your state, country and democracy above your party and quest for power.

Pryde Bass
Jan 21, 2022   12:33 AM

We want FAIR Maps

Fred Foust
Jan 21, 2022   12:20 AM

The thing is Republicans don't want a fair map because they lose over and over. All these attempts to subvert democracy. It's shameful.

Laura Rushton
Jan 21, 2022   12:19 AM

The people of Ohio deserve fair representation that reflects statewide voting patterns. We have lived with gerrymandered districts for more than a decade, and twice the voters have passed reforms to create a fairer process for redistricting. Every vote should count. The Ohio Redistricting Commission has an obligation to work in a transparent, bipartisan manner to honor the ban on drawing maps that disproportionately favor one political party. Please carry out this responsibility in good faith.

Pamela Brenning
Jan 21, 2022   12:13 AM

Enough is enough! The people of Ohio voted for fair maps. You violated the people's voice as proved by the rule of law. Respect the will of the people! Produce fair representation to ALL Ohioans NOW! Voters are watching closely. Do the right thing. Enough is enough!

Glen Smith
Jan 20, 2022   11:56 PM

What would you do with ten people that were given a task to agree on a picture of a circle and their task was to use five colors to fill a circle. In the circle All five sections had to be of equal shape and volume and their width at middle had to be equal to all the others. They were given two months to accomplish this. What would you do if these ten highly paid adults did not accomplish this task. This is something five children could do. If your entire state depended on you to complete this task, How could you fail? Right?

Glen Smith
Jan 20, 2022   11:56 PM

What would you do with ten people that were given a task to agree on a picture of a circle and their task was to use five colors to fill a circle. In the circle All five sections had to be of equal shape and volume and their width at middle had to be equal to all the others. They were given two months to accomplish this. What would you do if these ten highly paid adults did not accomplish this task. This is something five children could do. If your entire state depended on you to complete this task, How could you fail? Right?

Chris Crawford
Jan 20, 2022   11:55 PM

I am excited and encouraged that the Ohio Supreme Court has provided this commission with a second chance to deliver a set of district maps which meet the expectations of Ohio voters. Bipartisan groups and a super majority of voters amended our constitution only a few years ago, to require fair districts. I encourage all politicians and political groups to compete on the value of our ideas to progress our State and our democracy.

Theresa Backman
Jan 20, 2022   11:26 PM

Please do your duty to serve the people of the state of Ohio. Stop gerrymandering. Do not place politics above people. We demand fair maps!

DrRegina Vincent-Williams
Jan 20, 2022   11:22 PM

We are so divided. We ... you and I ...know the maps presented earlier were not fair. All across the country lines are drawn so that there are advantages- what votes can I get? How can l win?

Please do not do this again. It wastes time and money. It destroys voter confidence.
It kills hope. It violates the very principles upon which this country was built - freedom, fairness, faith, fellowship. We are all brothers and sisters. In God we trust. To God we pray. With God, there is the law of abundance. We need not steal. We need not kill. We shall not destroy what God has given us.

When you draw up out new maps, be fair.
Be Fair.

Dr. Regina Vincent-Williams

Stephen Bagstad
Jan 20, 2022   11:18 PM

Could we please consider showing some integrity and setting a positive example for the rest of our country? It's long past time for our votes to actually matter rather than being effectively silenced by extreme gerrymandering. Perhaps we could have districts that actually have normal shapes instead of the twisted, distorted messes the last decade's and most recent proposals have been? And finally, maps that will have broad acceptance as being quality products instead of "well, it's probably unconstitutional but I'm voting for it anyway..."?
This is important for our State and our Country - Thanks.
Steve Bagstad

Laura Pearson
Jan 20, 2022   11:10 PM

We want fair maps

Chris John
Jan 20, 2022   11:08 PM

As an elected representative in our democratic government, you have a sacred duty to the citizens who entrusted you to carry out their will. This obligation supersedes any loyalty to a political party. The people who elected you to office made it abundantly clear by a huge majority that they demanded fair elections. It is your solemn responsibility to ensure that Ohio has representative government and fair districts. You must protect the will of the people. You must protect our democracy. We ARE watching; and we WILL be voting.

Bruce Ente
Jan 20, 2022   11:08 PM

It is shameful that the Ohio Redistricting Commission is thumbing its Republican nose at the overwhelming proportion of Ohio voters " of BOTH parties " who expect the clearly expressed will of the people to be honored by creation of FAIR DISTRICTS. There is no excuse for craven political lust for power to trample upon voters' clear desire for electoral districts that do not advantage one party over another. Is integrity too much to ask of Ohio leaders?

Mary Ann Viveros
Jan 20, 2022   10:58 PM

Please redraw the maps so they accurately represent the people of Ohio. We've lived too long with gerrymandered maps with strange shapes that divide communities or lump them together in ways that don't make sense!

Mike Oliver
Jan 20, 2022   10:55 PM

The people of Ohio voted for fair districts twice. This commission failed the people of Ohio once and it now has a 2nd chance. The process must be transparent and generate maps that reflect the voting patterns of Ohioans at the national and state level. You have an obligation to do just that. Please do not fail us again.

Tim Partin
Jan 20, 2022   10:52 PM

Please make map's that are for the voting people of Ohio, not to the interest of the party in control. This winning at any cost is very sad

Judy Charlick
Jan 20, 2022   10:51 PM

Show the country that Ohio politicians can lead the way to an objective, rational redrawing of district boundaries. Our democracy is at stake.

Judith Glenn
Jan 20, 2022   10:43 PM

Seems quite difficult to obtain simply "Fair Maps of Districts in Ohio" caused by politics. Grateful for Ohio Supreme Court decision instruction to redo. So just "do it"! Fair District Maps are deserved!!!

Sylvia Chinn-Levy
Jan 20, 2022   10:33 PM

The commission now has a second chance to develop better maps that reflect the composition of Ohio's voters. The commission completely ignored this. As an Ohio resident, I want fair districts that aren't gerrymandered for Republicans to have a lock on state offices for decades. Let's play fair and let the voters have a say in their government.

margaret medford
Jan 20, 2022   10:31 PM

As a voting citizen, I demand that our right to have our votes counted equally will focus the commissioners' minds on drawing the fair maps required by the Ohio Constitution. We are still paying attention!

Susan Schmidt
Jan 20, 2022   10:29 PM

Please demonstrate that you wish to serve the people of Ohio rather than some other interest. Produce fair redistricting maps. The people have spoken. Ohioans want fair maps. Your integrity is at stake.

Sherri Obermark
Jan 20, 2022   10:24 PM

Ohioans have voted to end gerrymandering and we deserve fair maps that will allow all our voices are heard. The Ohio Supreme Court has spoken, as well. The people of Ohio must have valid and fair maps. Thank you.

Linda Millet
Jan 20, 2022   10:20 PM

As an elected representative in our democratic government, you have a sacred duty to the citizens who entrusted you to carry out their will. This obligation supersedes any loyalty to a political party.
Do your duty. The people who elected you to office made it abundantly clear by a huge majority that they demanded fair elections. It is your solemn responsibility to ensure that Ohio has fair districts. You must protect the will of the people. You must protect our democracy.

Ryan Gebers
Jan 20, 2022   10:13 PM

Republicans can win in this state without gerrymandering, why run up the score this much? Its hollowing out the party.
Its removing all accountability. Look at Householder. Look at Trump.
You're winning, but you're throwing away all your values to do so.

In the words of Woody Hayes,
"anything easy, ain't worth a damn."

Sharon Herbe
Jan 20, 2022   10:12 PM

Ohio citizens have a guaranteed right for fair maps and you have an obligation to make that happen. Please know we are watching!
A fair districting map must reflect the electorate in order to represent the people within it. They must be proportional to the voters of each party.

Don Witter
Jan 20, 2022   10:06 PM

Fair redistricting maps. Law and order followed by the law and order party -the one I voted for my entire voting life as did my parents for most of the past century- May they RIP. Have often wondered what they would have thought about the past few years and now this? Come on!

Play fair. on your big boy and girl pants and read All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten as follows is an excerpt:

Most of what I really need
To know about how to live
And what to do and how to be
I learned in kindergarten.
Wisdom was not at the top
Of the graduate school mountain,
But there in the sandpile at Sunday school

These are the things I learned:

Share everything.
****Play fair. ****

There's more but please act more like kindergarteners.

Lewis Modic
Jan 20, 2022   10:03 PM

I was extremely disappointed in the re-districting plan that was approved by the legislature and Governor DeWine. I expected fairness from my representative, Speaker Cupp. Fix the mess that you created. Ohio is close to evenly divided between the 2 parties. Allow the map to reflect this split.

Karen McGuire
Jan 20, 2022   9:59 PM

End gerrymandering and create fair maps for Ohio. Please follow the will of the citizens of Ohio and create maps that the citizens of Ohio have demanded.

Susan Schweitzer
Jan 20, 2022   9:58 PM

Stop gerrymandering. Don't divide city populations so they are in rural districts. City residents have different interests. Don't dilute them.

Jinkinson Smith
Jan 20, 2022   9:57 PM

I proposed a map that would be very fair, I think you should enact it. Here is a link to it: https://davesredistricting.org/join/08fdc036-6bf5-4855-a043-aa19ed7e21f5

Here's another map I made: https://davesredistricting.org/join/682a0183-127f-4da1-b991-dc85e7872db8

Both maps have very high proportionality ratings and mostly pretty high ratings on other metrics like compactness and splitting.

Elaine Bayless
Jan 20, 2022   9:55 PM

The voters of Ohio made clear that they want fair maps. You have been given good representative proposals. Please do the right thing and approve an equitable map.

Candi Hazelwood
Jan 20, 2022   9:50 PM

Ohio citizens have made it clear what is expected for redistricting in this state. We have a guaranteed right for fair maps and you have an obligation to make that happen. Please know we are watching!

Alex Ma
Jan 20, 2022   9:50 PM

If you, in the government, want to predetermine election results in America the way totalitarian regimes do elsewhere, that is on you. Do the right thing. Draw fair, demographically representative maps based on expert advice. Don't give us another Snake on the Lake.

Paul Moser
Jan 20, 2022   9:49 PM

I want fair districts no more gerry mandering from either party. Unless maps are fair you are denying the people of Ohio fair representation. Fair maps are constitutionally mandated.

Jean Antonacci
Jan 20, 2022   9:48 PM

How can we trust our politicians when they ignore the will of the people to have fair maps? Let's get back to the Constitution and do the right thing!

Julie Bohn
Jan 20, 2022   9:45 PM

Please re-draw the maps so that all districts can be in play regardless of political party affiliations. I firmly believe that people will vote for the candidates who deliver the best hope or promise for them. Unless maps are fair, you are denying people this meaningful vote.
You are all elected to SERVE us.
Thank you.

Candi Hazelwood
Jan 20, 2022   9:44 PM

Ohio citizens have made it clear what is expected for redistricting in this state. We have a guaranteed right for fair maps and you have an obligation to make that happen. Please know we are watching!

John Williamson
Jan 20, 2022   9:44 PM

A fair districting map must reflect the electorate in order to represent the people within it. They must be proportional to the voters of each party.

Richard Bartell
Jan 20, 2022   9:44 PM

Do the right thing, fulfill your constitutional responsibilities.

Larry Letcher
Jan 20, 2022   9:41 PM

Our Democracy depends on free and fair elections. The flagrant and abusive use of voter suppression tactics, by subverting the will of the voters through unfair and illegally manipulated maps, must and will cease. We the voters of Ohio are paying very close attention to the games being played with our right to vote by the current majority party. If the current majority party cannot win, except by cheating through illegal district map manipulation, then they are not deserving of the power we the people give to OUR representatives. They are not truly representative of the will of the true majority.

Ann Johnson
Jan 20, 2022   9:39 PM

Well, you have another opportunity to do the right thing here. We are paying attention and demand fair maps for fair representation! You failed to do that last time and we are counting on you to do the right thing THIS time. Gerrymandered districts have no place in the State of Ohio and you need to set up bi-partisan districts that represent ACTUAL neighborhoods instead of drawing made up lines across multi counties to keep awful humans like Jim Jordan in Congress. Stop playing partisan games. When you have to make up ridiculous districts so that certain people get re-elected, that person probably doesn't deserve it.

Alfred Navarro
Jan 20, 2022   9:39 PM

Please put aside partisan inclinations, and satisfy the provisions of our constitution.

Susan Olive
Jan 20, 2022   9:34 PM

Harvard proposed and submitted thousands of fair redistricting maps which were dismissed by the committee in favor of drawing their own gerrymandered ones, blatantly denying their constituents demand for fair maps voted upon in 2015 and then again in 2018. If our legislature chooses not to represent us then it is time to take our voices to the ballot box.

Janet Kennedy
Jan 20, 2022   9:33 PM

Ohioans have a constitutionally guaranteed right to fair and equal representation that was violated with the previous maps.
We should be able to trust our elected officials to respect these rights.
Please present maps with fair representation and move Ohio forward.

Randy Gudvangen
Jan 20, 2022   9:31 PM

We are tired of being disenfranchised by this current gerrymandered one-party system! Our voices matter, yet they are never heard. We want fair election districts now! Are you really incapable of understanding our point of view? Try, do the right thing and bring some fairness back into our elections!

Sue Densmore
Jan 20, 2022   9:30 PM

The people of Ohio made clear what they expected for Ohio redistricting, and the will of the people has been ignored by the commission. We are watching what happens, and we will work to see that the people's will is not ignored!

SOPHIA C MCALLISTER
Jan 20, 2022   9:30 PM

My whole family is watching. Please do the right thing.

Susan Haas
Jan 20, 2022   9:30 PM

Reynoldsburg must be split along county lines, but further splitting it within a county - as is the case with rejected House Districts 68 and 69 - is unnecessary, prevents the community from voting as a bloc, and serves no purpose other than to disfavor the Democratic Party and its voters. Reynoldsburg must be kept together in single districts within each of its constituent counties.

Alaina Pardee-Miller
Jan 20, 2022   9:27 PM

Fair maps for fair representation, please! We're counting on you.

Deborah Brown
Jan 20, 2022   9:22 PM

I am paying attention and demand fair maps!

Jack Holdford
Jan 20, 2022   9:22 PM

We citizens have a constitutionally guaranteed right to fair and equal representation that was violated with the previous maps. We expect fair and open map. Do your job!

Kim Johnson
Jan 20, 2022   9:22 PM

Please stop splitting my county to connect me with areas that are nowhere close to me. The fact that friends living 10 minutes east have a different representative looks intentional and set to be gerrymandered. Please set up bi-partisan considerations that represent true neighborhoods instead of drawing made up lines that do not have similar goals or outcomes.

Emily Ohara
Jan 20, 2022   9:21 PM

Please do the right thing and create fair maps as promised. We are watching and are not fooled by your lies.

Emily Ohara
Jan 20, 2022   9:21 PM

Please do the right thing and create fair maps as promised. We are watching and are not fooled by your lies.

Mary Mudler
Jan 20, 2022   9:19 PM

Draw fair maps as required by the Ohio Constitution.

Susan Kido
Jan 20, 2022   9:15 PM

I am proud of the citizens of Ohio for speaking out, for voting, for fighting for what is fair and just. Ohioans deserve fair maps, we deserve to have our votes count. Voters should choose their politicians, not the other way around. Follow the will of the people, do right and draw a fair map for Ohio.

Patricia Wittberg
Jan 20, 2022   9:15 PM

Gerrymandering is the root of all the dysfunctions of our state government today! It leads to legislators who are farther and farther left or right, and who have no incentive to compromise or even talk to those of the other party, let alone listen to us, the voters. It is behind the contempt which so many of us feel for the "elected" officials who supposedly represent us.

Lynda Hall
Jan 20, 2022   9:12 PM

As noted by the Ohio Supreme Court, your first attempt at redistricting was pathetic and lacked any semblance of fairness. I concur with Jen Miller, the executive director of the League of Women Voters of Ohio. She stated, "We call on the Ohio General Assembly to finally put voters first, rather than their short-sighted and selfish political interests." Put aside your short-sighted and selfish political interests. Represent all of your constituents in a fair manner. Do not continue to be an embarrassment to our state.

Robert Frischkorn
Jan 20, 2022   9:07 PM

We the people of Ohio voted to have fair elections with fair districts with NO gerrymandering. You have the responsibility to do what is right for all the citizens of this state not just for the benefit of one party staying in power. Let the voters determine whether the policies of a party are worth supporting with their votes on a fair and even playing field. I ask you to do what "we the people" voted to have, fair districts for the whole state of Ohio. Thank you.

Beverly Masek
Jan 20, 2022   9:06 PM

I expect Fair Maps at the end of this process. Please do not let us down as we have waited and worked hard for this.

Dan Palczynski
Jan 20, 2022   9:06 PM

It's not only fair but it's the commission's constitutional duty to carefully equate the districts to secure proper
representation. The voters said so twice. Now it's time to execute the decisions of the people. What could be clearer.

Paul Flament
Jan 20, 2022   9:05 PM

As an ex-Republican, a person who left the party because of exactly the shameful and shady shenanigans that's going on here, let me say that you all should be ashamed to have put together a map so counter to the expressed will of the people of Ohio. When will the Republican party again be a party of values and honor? Why not try today by doing the job the people of Ohio set before you?

Cherri Hittie-Staley
Jan 20, 2022   9:03 PM

Fair Maps for Ohio! This is what Ohio voters voted for.

To the Republican members of the Commission: This is your job. Put Democracy above Party.
We are watching and taking note.

Jyl Hall
Jan 20, 2022   9:03 PM

We expect fair districting in Montgomery County for our State and Federal representation. Please do the right thing and respect the will of the people.

Michael Kortas
Jan 20, 2022   9:02 PM

Looks like manipulation to me. Looking in Hamilton County those little surgically drawn areas in 24 and 27, for example, do not look appropriate for fair and impartial elections. They look manipulative to foster a desired objective.

Cynthia Chambers
Jan 20, 2022   9:02 PM

We are all Americans, contrary to what Mitch McConnell thinks! We deserve to be able to vote in fairly mapped districts! It is a shame that to win resorting to cheating and changing the districts is the only way you feel you can do it!
I guess this makes you sleep good at night, and makes you feel proud to be an American! It is racist, dishonest, lowdown, and not what America stands for!

Patty Ridenour
Jan 20, 2022   9:00 PM

We, the citizens of Ohio, are watching and we expect FAIR MAPS. Please do not choose to discount a selection of our votes in an effort to massage your narrow-minded and corrupt ideas that only wealthy, white Republican votes should count and no one other citizen's votes matter. The citizens of Ohio have spoken and FAIR MAPS are what we have demanded and what our constitution requires. Please do not betray the citizens of Ohio. Thank you.

ADELBERT JENKINS
Jan 20, 2022   9:00 PM

As Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. would have said, "Now is the time!" Finally - the time to honor the request of a majority of Ohio voters to be able to participate in a fair electoral process in Ohio that is not prejudged by politically distorted, i.e. gerrymandered, electoral districts.

Jill Wettersten
Jan 20, 2022   9:00 PM

Dear Commissioners,

Please demonstrate to us, your constituents, that your plan for redrawing legal redistricting maps is both constitutional and representative of what citizens of Ohio want and need to have to govern democratically in the state of Ohio.

Thomas Mosier
Jan 20, 2022   8:59 PM

Ohioans have on two occasions passed amendments to our Constitution asking for fair and equitable voting maps which represent the actual makeup of the two parties in Ohio,. Please do what was the will of your fellow citizens and produce the types of maps we the citizens have voted for!!!

Janice Cox
Jan 20, 2022   8:59 PM

Lorain County = Jim Jordan
This is crazy! His district is mind boggling.
I want fair districting in Ohio. Time to turn Ohio Blue.

Harold and Melanie Oyster
Jan 20, 2022   8:55 PM

TWICE the people of Ohio OVERWHELMINGLY voted for fair districts. Your commission is tasked with drawing fair districts. You need to do your job. The Ohio Supreme Court ruled you didn't do your job on the district maps you submitted. Please do the right thing, make districts fair. If you're worried that fair districts will cost you your job, the solution is not ignoring the will of the people and drawing unfair districts. The solution is listening to the people, drawing fair districts, and showing the people you are a leader they can trust.

Amy Scarfpin
Jan 20, 2022   8:52 PM

Ohio voters voted TWICE, in 2015 and in 2018, to have all votes in the state of Ohio carry the same weight. This is now part of the Ohio Constitution. Redrawing maps can be done. Stop the subterfuge.

Diane Citrino
Jan 20, 2022   8:51 PM

Fairness matters. The law matters. Please do your job and create fair maps for Ohio.

Amy Brown
Jan 20, 2022   8:50 PM

Make the redistricting maps fair and competitive. We're watching! Every vote needs to actually count.

Jennifer Loughrey
Jan 20, 2022   8:49 PM

This current Ohio government has made decisions for 100% of Ohioans WITHOUT fair representation for 40 plus percentage of Ohioans! Overwhelmingly the same Ohio population voted to amend the state constitution so VOTERS have a chance to select their elected representatives without the politicians doing it for them. We were violated by a decade of corrupt representatives who did not feel the need to respond to 40+ percent of constituents because of safe gerrymandered districts nor would they work across the aisle because they felt no need to compromise because of a super majority. Now this commission needs to do what Ohioans voted for"fair redistricting by the Constitutional amendment by the people and for the people. The attempted map drawing power grab that was struck down by our court was vile and disgusting. We want honor, decency, fairness and respect from our elected officials for the voters' decisions and to each other- regardless of party affiliation. Jennifer Loughrey

John Jones
Jan 20, 2022   8:48 PM

Partisan gerrymandering by either party poses a threat to democracy. Please generate maps that reflect the will of the voters and the position of OSC.

Jan Underwood
Jan 20, 2022   8:48 PM

I expect the Ohio Redistricting Commission to follow our state constitution as directed by the Ohio Supreme Court and to respect the wishes of Ohio voters who passed two redistricting reforms aimed at stopping the practice of drawing legislative districts to favor one party over the other. The will of the people and the people's court is clear. Do your job and draw maps that allow Ohioans genuine representation of their interests. We have lost precious time. Please just do your job!

Jay Zenitsky
Jan 20, 2022   8:37 PM

It's time for you to take your thumb off the political scales and let the citizens of Ohio have a fair shot at choosing our legislators. Let's make this process more transparent and fair. We're watching. So, is the Ohio Supreme Court.

Lisa Ross
Jan 20, 2022   8:23 PM

Voters want fair maps. Please follow our intent and direction no matter what party you belong too.

Shela Blanchard
Jan 20, 2022   8:17 PM

It is clear the citizens of Ohio deserve fair representation. The Ohio Supreme Court agrees. Now it's time to get it done. Fair maps, fair representation. End gerrymandering.

Joe Kelleher
Jan 20, 2022   8:17 PM

Follow the law.

Peter Petto
Jan 20, 2022   8:06 PM

The region-by-region compromising-along-the-way approach to mapmaking that you are following may not be the quickest or best way to construct a constitutional map.

This process appears to be another tactical subterfuge by the majority to claim that a constitutional map is impossible.

Whole-state maps exist that are constitutionally compliant, or very close. These should be considered, compared, and modified appropriately.

Patricia Kellner
Jan 20, 2022   8:05 PM

The public supports democracy. The right to vote and to have that vote count - and to have that vote matter are fundamental to democracy. Ohioans spoke out when they voted to end gerrymandering and have districting redrawn in a fair way. The members of the Ohio legislature must represent the will of the people of Ohio and create fair maps. Unfair districts corrupt democracy. None of us wants to live in a country where decisions only reflect the profit motives of the wealthiest among us, and that's what it seems is happening. We want the interests of voters REPRESENTED.

Nanette Folsom
Jan 20, 2022   7:59 PM

No District map should allow either party to pick their voters. Voters need to be able select their candidates. The last presidential election showed this state has about 50/50 split and District maps should reflect that. Additionally, rural areas are not a mirror of bigger cities. Please keep that in mind.

Steven Burns
Jan 20, 2022   7:32 PM

In a Democracy, We the People are supposed to have a voice. Districts need to be drawn fairly so that the voices of all Ohioans can be heard. Neither party should be allowed to draw district lines that favor their party over the others.

Bailey Pfohl
Jan 20, 2022   7:28 PM

As you'll see amongst all of these comments, all the citizens are asking for is fairness. Fair and balanced representation. In these comments are hundreds of people moved by their overwhelming fear of being pushed aside and silenced. Our state citizenry has already spoken and demanded fair representation. This country was founded on every person having the right to a voice. Do not silence us. As you redraw, look to the maps drawn by citizens, the true experts of their neighborhoods. Everyone deserves to have a streamlined process for representation - ONE General Assembly member to whom they appeal. The messy maps we have now require many citizens to appeal to a group at the cost of great effort. Do what is right and draw proportional maps; the result will be good politics and meritocratic leadership.

Bob Johnson
Jan 20, 2022   7:17 PM

It is ridiculous that I live in Lorain County and Gym Jordan is my representative. It's time to make districts fair for the people not the party.