Tuesday, October 15, 2019

The Shape of Things: OH-12

Tonight's #DemDebate takes place in one of the most gerrymandered districts in the country. Adopt this district to send a message that we need fair maps.
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The Shape Of Things: OH-12

"A political mapmaking process controlled by Ohio Republicans proved nearly impenetrable to Democrats' efforts during the 2018 elections... delivering results that allowed the GOP to retain sizable majorities even in the face of an upswing in Democratic votes."
-- Associated Press


The district:
With the Democratic Primary Debate taking place in Westerville, Ohio tonight, we decided to take a look at Ohio's 12th Congressional District -- one of the most gerrymandered districts in the country.

How is it gerrymandered?
This district cracks apart left-leaning central Columbus neighborhoods to purposefully include them in a district that spans across four partial and two whole counties -- most of which are rural and conservative. In 2008, President Obama won this district with a margin of 53% to 46%. During the 2011 redistricting process, the district was then gerrymandered to become a Republican stronghold -- in fact, with the new manipulated maps, President Obama would have lost that district in 2008 45% to 54% according to analysis by Daily Kos.

With the #DemDebate in Ohio tonight, we have an opportunity to put the spotlight on how this district was rigged by map manipulators. Adopt Ohio's 12th District with a small monthly donation to help All On the Line push for fair districts in Ohio and states across the nation.

So who represents OH-12?
That would be a man named Troy Balderson. From pledging to repeal Obamacare to receiving an A rating from the NRA, he's embraced conservative stances that are out of sync with Ohio's voters.

What can we do?
Fix gerrymandering. In 2018, Republicans only won 52% of votes but secured 75% of the congressional districts -- thanks to Republicans controlling the political mapmaking process. But we have the chance to make sure map manipulators do not rig the maps against progress for the next decade. Last year, Ohio voters overwhelmingly supported a ballot initiative for a bipartisan redistricting process -- but it will take a strong grassroots effort to ensure the 2021 redistricting cycle yields fair maps.

All On the Line is committed to building a strong grassroots movement for fair maps in states like Ohio. While the Democratic candidates for president take the stage in Westerville, take a stand against partisan gerrymandering by adopting Ohio's 12th District with a small monthly contribution.

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