And it worked: Republicans still control the legislature after the recent elections, despite winning nearly 60,000 fewer votes than the Democrats. That’s right; even though they had fewer votes they retain power by a wide margin because of the gerrymandered congressional districts.
The sad thing is that the voters of the state had the opportunity in the election to change this. There was a referendum to appoint a bipartisan commission to design an equitable, and territorially sane, congressional map.
The voters declined, because a highly funded campaign presented this plan as an evil plot to institute a new state bureaucracy, unaccountable to anyone (like the congressmen who designed the gerrymandered map have been accountable?). It is not unlike the referendum a few years ago that proposed minimal humanitarian treatment of farm animals that was portrayed as an attack on family farms and local food and lost.
Never underestimate the ablility of Ohio voters to be swayed by stupid propaganda; big money usually has its way in this state.