March 20, 2009 By Wayne Hanson
"We must strive in 2009 to ensure that future votes are cast after a redistricting process that is based on the best methods to ensure fair and equitable representation." -- Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner (pictured)
Redistricting has long been a highly political and always rancorous process that has the potential to empower one political party at the expense of another. Can opening the process to the public make it objective and fair? Ohio is about to find out.
Ohio residents are invited to participate in the Ohio Redistricting Competition, the goal of which is to demonstrate that an open process based on objective criteria can produce fair legislative districts in Ohio.
Ohio Redistricting Competition partners include Former Republican State Representative Joan Lawrence, Linda Lalley of the League of Women Voters of Ohio, State Representative Dan Stewart, Ohio Citizen Action, and Common Cause Ohio. They were joined today by Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner in announcing timelines and logistics for the historic contest. The competition will begin on April 6, 2009, and the winners will be announced on May 11, 2009.
"The Ohio Redistricting Competition demonstrates our shared commitment to bipartisan solutions for Ohio's challenges. Just as we worked in 2008 to ensure that every vote was counted, we must strive in 2009 to ensure that future votes are cast after a redistricting process that is based on the best methods to ensure fair and equitable representation," Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner said.
This Digital Communities white paper highlights discussions with IT officials in four counties that have adopted shared services models. Our aim was to learn about the obstacles these governments have faced when it comes to shared services and what it takes to overcome those roadblocks. We also spoke with several members of the IT industry who have thought long and hard about these issues. The paper offers some best practices for shared government-to-government services, but also points out challenges that government and industry still must overcome before this model gains widespread adoption.