Published on June 27th, 2019 | by Colleen Craig1
5 Ways to Channel Your Rage About Gerrymandering in Ohio into Action
On the final day of its 2019 term, the Supreme Court denied the Constitutional guarantee of one person-one vote by rejecting judicial challenges to gerrymandered maps in North Carolina and Maryland. This decision is disappointing and has major implications for Ohio.
But just because the Supreme Court says Republicans CAN gerrymander, doesn’t mean the people have to live with that decision.
What the ruling means for gerrymandering in Ohio
With no federal guardrails on gerrymandering, there will be a fight in each and every state to ensure that voters receive a fair redistricting process, including in Ohio.
No matter the Supreme Court’s opinion, Ohio voters sent a clear message to our elected leaders that we want Fair Maps and a more transparent redistricting process for both the Statehouse and Congress. But today’s SCOTUS ruling means that our only recourse as voters and activists at this stage is through the ballot box and some good old-fashioned grassroots organizing.
What happens over the next couple of years through the redistricting process will determine the next decade of our politics. We need you to get involved and active now.
We are in an all hands on deck moment. Here are 5 ways you can channel your righteous anger to restore the balance of our democracy in Ohio.
#1. Donate to groups doing pro-democracy work in Ohio
There are lots of great groups doing the work to unrig our elections, including Common Cause, the named defendant in the appeal ruled on by SCOTUS today, the ACLU of Ohio, All On the Line, and the League of Women Voters, just to name a few.
#2. Get engaged with what’s happening on the state level of government in Ohio
The president’s antics are enough to confound and infuriate most good, decent people, but they ultimately serve as a distraction from all of the other terrible but lower-profile stuff happening in state governments across the U.S.
Ohio is no exception. Every day, state lawmakers and officeholders in Ohio make decisions that directly impact our communities and people we love in the short term. But the longer-term implications of extremist policies like Ohio’s six-week abortion ban are even more alarming.
Check out Innovation Ohio’s Resistance Guide for a crash course in influencing your state legislators as an activist. You can also sign up to receive their emails so that you can get real-time updates about what’s happening at the Ohio Statehouse any given week.
In order to hold our state lawmakers and congresspeople accountable, we need to stay informed about exactly what it is they’re up to. Which brings us to…
#3. Pick a competitive Statehouse race. Commit your activism through 2020 to flipping that seat.
To truly unrig the system, we need to break Ohio’s Republican trifecta (See Ballotpedia’s explanation of state government trifectas for more information/motivation).
Keep tabs on who is running in your Ohio House and Senate district and start donating to progressive candidates, registering voters, and asking about other ways you can help.
#4. Fight like hell to flip the Ohio Supreme Court in 2020.
Read this tweet thread to find understand why:
Flipping two Ohio Supreme Court seats next year is probably the only way we might conceivably escape another decade of gerrymandered hell.
— Sean is a 501(c)(4) (@SeanForgotAgain) June 27, 2019
#5. Bring friends and family along for the ride to magnify your impact
As a grassroots activist, you hold sooooo much organizing power and you might not even be entirely aware of it. You can act as a trusted messenger to people in your life who might be persuadable or just need some motivation to get more engaged.
Talk to your loved ones about why these fights at the state level are important. What issues matter most to you and how did you come to feel that way? Share your perspective with them and if they seem receptive, ask them to get involved with you.