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2012 Redistricting Petition Drive

If you care about fair and balanced elections, you need to care about the citizen-initiated Redistricting Movement and support it with your time and money. The obscene gerrymandering that has gone on for far too many years has resulted in district geographies that defy sensible representation -- a situation that must stop now.

Issue 2

Steps to fairer districts:

1. Get enough petition signatures to place an issue on the November 6, 2012 ballot. DONE!

2. Learn more by reading our FAQ on redistricting and gerrymandering and visiting Voters First Ohio.

3. Educate voters about ISSUE 2 and encourage them to vote YES. Hint: We need money and bodies to spread the word! See the ad!

4. VOTE YES on ISSUE 2!

Sadly, this issue failed on November 6th. We are now stuck with badly gerrymandered districts until the next Census. Or until we can convince our fellow Ohioans to embrace progressive ideas.

Ending Gerrymandering in Ohio -- Next UAPA Meeting August 21

Come learn more about the amendment intended to end gerrymandering, and what it means for the voters of Ohio at our next monthly membership meeting on Tuesday, August 21 as we welcome Dick Gunther of Voters' First. We'll be meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Upper Arlington Public Library, 2800 Tremont Road, Upper Arlington.

I'm Ashamed (of Ohio Voter Suppression)

Letters to the Editor
August 10, 2012

Columbus Dispatch,

In the 2012 Ohio Voter Information Guide Jon Husted says:  “The Secretary of State’s office is committed to ensuring that each Ohioan who is eligible to cast a ballot is able to do so.”

We learned, in the 2004 election, that 5 hour lines at the polls on Election Day kept some of those, who were eligible, from casting their ballot.  That was corrected in 2008 by allowing early in-person voting.

Action Alert: Five Days Left to Change Ohio.

We have just 5 days left to make history in Ohio by putting citizens in charge of Fair Districts.

In response to heavy interest from thousands of Ohioans, Voters First has just opened new signing locations all across the state. It is now easier than ever to find a location to sign a petition and get involved.

Franklin County Democratic Party's Third Friday Luncheon July 20

Come learn about "The Citizen's Redistricting Project" next Friday, July 20, 2012, at the Franklin County Democratic Party's Third Friday Luncheon. The guest speaker with be Professor Daniel P. Tokaji, a noted authority on election law and voting rights. The luncheon will be held at The River Club at Confluence Park, 679 W. Spring Street, Columbus, 43215. The cost is $16, and is payable at the door with only cash or check, no credit cards.

Time is Running Out! We Need Your Signature by July 1!

Imagine 10 more years of rigged Republican districts that virtually guarantees Republican one-party rule in Ohio for the next decade. Let that sink in.

That's what the currently redrawn district map virtually guarantees --- one-party Republican rule in Ohio through 2020. It's as simple as this:  unless this redistricting petition gets enough signatures to get on the November ballot, Ohio Republicans will have the upper hand at the state and federal levels. The only recourse to challenge their misguided legislation will be an endless 10 more years of petitions, ballot issues and fund raising for long-shot Democratic candidates.

If you signed a petition last fall, you have not signed this current petition and we need your signature! Click 'Read More' to see where you can sign the petition:

Canvass for Fair Voting Districts on Saturday June 9th!

This Saturday people all across Ohio will be hitting the streets, fighting for fair voting districts. Help put voters first by canvassing for signatures on June 9th at either 10 AM or 2 PM (or both if you’re a rock star!). Meet at 1395 Dublin Rd.

Video the Vote Featured at Coffee and Conversation This Saturday! Please Note Location Change!

Our next Coffee and Conversation will be on June 2nd, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. We'll be meeting at Panera by the OSU Campus, 300 W. Lane Avenue. It's nestled between College Traditions and Conrad's, across the street from St. John Arena.  Special guest speaker will be J.R. McMillan of the Columbus Chapter of Video the Vote, a national network of citizen journalists, independent filmmakers, and media professionals working together to document voter suppression and disenfranchisement.

Reform Redistricting - Sign the Petition!

The background: Nonpartisan, good government organizations in Ohio have proposed a constitutional amendment that would reform Ohio’s redistricting process. With enough support this issue can be on this November’s ballot, so that Ohio’s voters can decide.

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