Eighty percent of Ohioans do not know who their State House Rep and State Senator are. The reason they cite is that their districts get gerrymandered every 10 years and they are uncertain who they vote for. We propose changes to permanently stop changing our State Districts.
Weighted voting for our House Reps based on population.
Weighted voting would assign a weight to a vote based on population. In Ohio, we would use county boundaries for our state districts. Every county regardless of the population gets one vote. Every county that exceeds 250,000 in the population they get one vote for every 250,000 in population. So a county having a population of 1 million persons would get 1 vote for their county and 3 votes for every 250,000 in the population above the first 250,000. When a House Rep that represents a county of 1 million votes on bills their vote cast represents 4 votes.
Not many counties in Ohio exceed 250,000. So not many house reps would cast more than 1 vote.
This system makes it easy for those that live in high population counties to know who their representative is. Gerrymandering is permanently eliminated.
For Senate districts, we propose that county commissioners vote on a contiguous county to pair with. The State legislature would help resolve any disputes.
Today, we have 99 House Reps and 33 Senators. This new system would give us 88 House Reps (one for each county) and 44 Senators (one for every two counties). The overall number of our representatives stay the same, they just shift from one chamber to another.
We also recommend an electoral college for electing State officers. This happens to dampen the influence of high population counties and cities dictating rules and laws for the rest of the state. It would help to encourage Statewide candidates to visit and hear the concerns of those in counties with smaller populations. For example, it is much more likely that Ohio's Appalachia counties would get programs like developing broadband and infrastructure so it can attract more businesses to Ohio. Even though Appalachia has tremendous natural gas reserves and minerals that add greatly to Ohio's GDP, they get very little state money because they are not high-population counties.