The push for voters to approve a congressional redistricting plan on the may ballot got a little help from Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday.
Some feel the current congressional district map is the worst in Ohio’s history from a gerrymandering point of view, and reforms to the way that map is drawn is expected to help.
Friday, leaders of both legislative chambers and key lawmakers that helped come to consensus on congressional redistricting reform were joined by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Governor Kasich to encourage voters to support the measure this May.
Governor, John Kasich, Ohio (R) said, “This is the beginning of an effort to end all this polarization. We’re now a model for the county and it just means we’re gonna have fairer elections; they’re gonna be more competitive. People are going to have to listen to people that at the present time they don’t always have to listen too.”
It is a feat that impressed the former Governor of California.
Arnold Schwarzenegger said, “The legislators got together Democrats and Republicans and solved the problem. It’s unbelievable.”
In February he made a promise on Twitter after the effort to get the reform onto the ballot was successful.
“When I come back there for the Arnold Classic, I promise you I’m going to bring some schnapps, some Austrian schnapps, and then we’re going to go and toast this great victory of terminating gerrymandering,” said Schwarzenegger.
On Friday he fulfilled his promise handing out shots of the liquor to Kasich and the legislative leaders before calling on the voters for their support.
Schwarzenegger said, “We need your help people. Vote for it. Cheers.”
Governor Kasich said, “They’re asking can you drink the whole thing. We don’t have any girly men here.”
“Thank you, that’s the way to do it,” said Schwarzenegger.
The redistricting reforms will only take effect if voters approve them on the May primary ballot.