Youngstown group discusses Ohio redistricting course of


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Ohio redistribution process begins at 9:00 am on Friday when Governor Mike DeWine calls the first meeting of the Ohio Redistricting Commission.

But the public process has already begun and continued in downtown Youngstown on Monday evening when a group came up with their ideas, including the Mahoning and Trumbull counties regions.

A group from Columbus stopped in downtown Youngstown Monday afternoon to campaign for fairer constituencies across the state of Ohio.

Your plan faces some challenges, but it could also lead to an entirely different voting map for the Valley in 2022.

“If the districts aren’t fair, we won’t be represented, period,” said Jaladah Aslam, president of Youngstown-Warren Black Caucus.

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That was the message behind the presentation by All on the Line, a group looking for a more representative government in Ohio.

“For the past 10 years the Ohioans have been denied any real form of adequate political representation. The Republicans only won about 55% of the nationwide vote, ”said Katy Shanahan, state director of All on the Line.

Republicans currently hold two-thirds of the seats in the combined Ohio State House and Senate. Recently, Governor DeWine appointed a commission to draw new districts.

By means of a joint resolution, the new design is intended to hold districts, municipalities and cities together.

Proponents believe that if the rules are followed, a fairer map will be created.

“They would see fewer of us cramping as many Democrats into as few counties as possible and seeing much more representative counties that would allow more voters to vote for representatives of their choice,” Shanahan said.

“There is no reason, for example, for Lisbon and Warren to really have the same representative,” said Aslam.

The Valleys 13th District could change, with all of Mahoning District, 90% of Trumbull District, and all of Stark District in the same district.

However, there is no law that obliges the legislature to adopt a map drawn up by the Commission.

Legislators could pass any other card as long as they claim it’s racially and politically fair. Aslam has some advice for concerned voters.

“You have to go and voice your concerns, testify and make sure you are represented,” he said. “The cards are drawn, even if there are only four years of screwed up cards.”