Apathy is a Major Concern Among Issue 1 Supporters

Oct 19, 2015

The results of the first issue on this fall’s statewide ballot is expected to have a significant impact to the future of Ohio’s politics. But supporters say their biggest obstacle is generating excitement for the issue. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.

Issue 1 would change the way state legislative districts are drawn in Ohio, making the process more bipartisan and decreasing the possibility of gerrymandering.

Catherine Turcer with the liberal-leaning Common Cause says there’s no organized opposition, but that doesn’t mean a “yes” vote is guaranteed.

“Our biggest opponent is apathy and let’s face it, it’s always hard to get people going when they’re feeling slow and unmotivated," said Turcer.

An example: The City Club of Cleveland planned to hold a forum on Issue 1 but only 20 people signed up. That’s compared to about 100 people who attended the Issues 2 and 3 panel.

Andy Chow at the Ohio Public Radio Statehouse News Bureau.