The Oberlin Review

Ohio Residents Should Have Taken Chance on Issue 1

Jackie Brant, Opinions Editor

November 9, 2018

Regardless of how these midterm elections went overall, there are many outcomes that we all can and should be proud of. The U.S. went from having its lowest voter turnout rates in midterm history in 2014 — with just 34 percent voter participation — to one of the highest, with almost 50 percent of eligible residents turning out to vote. An estimated 114 million people cast votes, the first time in U.S. history that a midterm election collected over 100 million votes. Some broken barriers include two Muslim women being voted into Congress for the first time in U.S. history, along with the first Native women and the first Korean woman. Colorado elected the nation’s first governor to be an openly gay man. Several...

A community member picks up their ballot at Tuesday’s primary election in Philips gym.

Issue 1, Joe Miller Sweep on Election Day

May 11, 2018

As the Ohio primary polls closed Tuesday evening, overall pivoting in numbers toward Republican candidates across the state, Oberlin’s District 56 came away with Rob Weber as the uncontested Republican state candidate and Joe Miller as the narrow winner among four Democratic state representative candidates. The ballot also showed that Issue 1, Ohio’s popularly discussed anti-gerrymandering bill, passed with a huge 75 percent approval. Miller’s platform focuses on addressing issues ranging fr...

Students Have Right to Vote in Oberlin Elections

John Petersen, Contributing Writer

November 3, 2017

“Think One Person Can Change The World? So Do We.” This is one of the most successful promotional campaigns Oberlin College has ever run, because the desire to bring about positive change by engaging with the world around us resonates so strongly in our campus community. Students at Oberlin today are part of a proud history of civic engagement. Campus issues, local community issues — not to mention regional, national, and global issues — are among the ways that Oberlin students have made and continue to make a difference. Exercising your right — and I would say responsibility — to vote this coming Tuesday, Nov. 7, is one of the most direct ways students can enact positive change. For those of you who are r...

Issue 1 Tackles Ohio Gerrymandering

Haley Johnson

October 9, 2015

This Election Day’s ballot only includes three issues, but all of them have the potential to significantly alter Ohio. Aside from potentially legalizing marijuana and halting market monopolies, voters will have the opportunity to resolve many of the gerrymandering issues that have plagued Ohio’s government in the past. Issue 1, or the Bipartisan Redistricting Commission Amendment, will create a bipartisan commission to determine state legislative districts. The amendment, which both the Republican and Democratic parties have endorsed, is expected to alleviate some concerns over boundaries that have heavily favored Republicans in the past. “Both parties have recognized that citizens are increasingly unhappy...

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