Several requirements must be met before a proposed statewide issue can be placed on the ballot. Links explaining those procedures can be found here. The Ohio Ballot Board’s role in the process is first to determine whether the petition language contains a single issue and secondly, to prescribe the official ballot language and any missing arguments for each statewide issue.
The results of the census determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and they are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts. In addition, the census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, corporations and many others use to provide daily services, products, new jobs/businesses and support for you and your community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data.
Census partners are vital to ensuring a complete and accurate count. As trusted voices in your communities, you play a key role in raising awareness that the 2020 Census is easy, safe, and important. This is an opportunity to get involved and to help shape the future of your community. Become a Partner with Census 2020!
Ohio can’t draw new congressional map until 2022 after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled federal courts shouldn’t play a role in fixing partisan gerrymandering. Gerrymandering will now be in the hands – and fate – of the Ohio Supreme Court. Right now, the Ohio Supreme Court is made of five Republicans and two Democrats. As elections do have consequences, we need to be ready for the 2020 election cycle when two Republican justices terms are up for election. Links to important articles about gerrymandering are provided.