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Kasich Calls on U.S. Supreme Court to Act Against Gerrymandering

COLUMBUS –Today Ohio Governor John R. Kasich joined a growing list of national leaders calling on the U.S. Supreme Court to rule against harmful gerrymandering in a landmark case involving controversial state legislative districts in Wisconsin, a decision the governor says will help stem the political polarization that fuels gridlock and inaction among policymakers. 

In signing an amicus brief in support of the plaintiffs in Gill v Whitford, Kasich joins former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, U.S. Senator John McCain, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole and others who are calling on the Court to overturn Wisconsin’s legislative districts on the grounds that they unfairly advance political parties at the expense of the rights and views of Americans. 

“As I’ve continued to serve in public office and watched our political divide deepen, I’ve grown increasingly concerned with how primaries are pushing candidates to the extreme right and extreme left, which is creating more polarization and division,” said Kasich. “The Court has a unique opportunity in this case to support fair, common sense standards for how districts are drawn and put legislators in a better position to work together to effectively govern and get results.”                               

In 2015, Ohio voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot initiative to bring greater fairness to the way the state’s legislative districts are drawn.  Kasich has encouraged the Ohio General Assembly to make similar changes for congressional districts.

More information on Gill v. Whitford can be found here.