CEA needs you and every CCS employee in your building to sign the petition for Ohio Citizens’ Independent Redistricting Committee Amendment now. If we don’t get this amendment on the ballot, the damage that will be done to public education and our profession over the next ten years is unimaginable.

Even though Ohio’s registered voters are a 50–50 split of Democrats and Republicans, 80 percent of the newly redrawn electoral districts favor one party.

This situation doesn’t seem as dire or immediate as what we faced during SB 5, but the consequences will be much, much worse. In the Ohio House, there is a possibility that seven more pro-SB 5-type representatives could be elected and pass legislation that could be implemented immediately. We would end up like Wisconsin with no chance for a repeal process. And in Ohio, we have no recall provision for removing politicians.

In order to get a fair redistricting process on the ballot, we must collect 385,000 signatures. See your FR to sign the petition and to protect your vote. Call Judy Nelson at CEA at 253-4731 to obtain your own petition to circulate.

Remember, this is a non-partisan issue. The gerrymandered electoral districts affect Republicans and Democrats alike. This amendment is about making sure that your vote counts.

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