COLUMBUS, OH -- Dan Tokaji, Ohio State University law professor and one of the authors of the Voters First Amendment, issued the following statement in regards to the formation of Protect Your Vote Ohio, the PAC led by politicians and their cronies who are opposing the Voters First's redistricting reform movement:
"The voters of Ohio shouldn't be fooled. Protect Your Vote Ohio is nothing more than an organization created by the same politicians, lobbyists and their political cronies who drew our current, highly controversial, congressional and legislative lines in private.
Their purpose is to preserve a system that exists solely to protect the power of politicians and their own political interests.
Voters First is offering Ohioans a non-partisan, independent citizens commission that will take the power to draw these lines away from politicians and their cronies - and put it in the hands of the people.
The politicians are simply trying to protect a system allows them to pick their voters by drawing lines in secret backrooms. The current system and the work of those behind this opposition group have been rejected by every newspaper, good government group and hundreds of thousands of Ohioans who every day are signing petitions to restore the power of our voice and our vote.
Leaving the politicians in charge of drawing the lines is like allowing foxes to guard a henhouse."