By Tim Kowols
Seventy-five percent of Ohio residents voted in favor of new rules Tuesday to end the practice of partisan gerrymandering, adding more momentum for other battles on the issue in states like Wisconsin. The binding referendum forces state legislators to work together by requiring sixty percent of House and Senate members, including half from the minority party, to agree on a fair map in order for it to last 10 years. Wisconsin does not have a process for a binding referendum, but Jay Heck from Common Cause Wisconsin says Tuesday’s result shows voters do not like their districts rigged for one political party or another.
As Wisconsin waits for the United States Supreme Court to weigh in on its own gerrymandering case, the issue has become a major issue in eight other states.