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Redistricting decision throws primary in doubt

Written on Mar 18, 2022

Provided by Hannah News Service

A day after the Ohio Supreme Court struck down the third Ohio General Assembly redistricting map, members of the Ohio Redistricting Commission said they were still reviewing the decision.

The decision throws Ohio's ability to the conduct a May 3 primary in doubt, and a number of candidates who filed to run this year have called for the primary to be delayed until August.

Friday, March 18 was the original date for Secretary of State Frank LaRose to begin sending out ballots to military and overseas voters, though language added to SB11 (Brenner) gave LaRose the ability to send those out up to 30 days before the May 3 election rather than 45 days. A spokesman for LaRose said the office received the Supreme Court decision and is reviewing it.

Moving the primary will also likely be a matter for the Ohio General Assembly, though Republicans have resisted doing so up to this point. Huffman told reporters Wednesday that a Supreme Court decision striking down the legislative maps would make it unlikely a primary for those races could be held May 3. (See The Hannah Report, 3/16/22.)

Spokesmen for Cupp and Huffman said the leaders are reviewing the decision and discussing the next steps.