USA Today: Ohio’s redistricting is in disarray weeks before the primary. Can it pull off the election?
USA Today: Ohio's redistricting is in disarray weeks before the primary. Can it pull off the election?
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Jeff Sites has been plotting a campaign for Congress against Rep. Jim Jordan for more than two years.
Sites ran unsuccessfully in the 2020 Democratic primary in Ohio’s fourth congressional district, a duck-shaped district where Jordan has had a stranglehold on the vote since mapmakers last drew boundaries for the Buckeye State a decade ago.
But with less than three weeks to go before the first Ohio voters can begin casting ballots in the state’s primary, Sites can’t say precisely where he is running.
Ohio is still in the throes of a redistricting battle that has been raging for months. It is one of just a handful of states yet to finish its maps, which have been mired in legal challenges and partisan fighting. …
Questions about whether Ohio’s primary could go on as scheduled only grew louder on Wednesday night as the Ohio Supreme Court again rejected state legislative maps. The court had yet to rule on the latest version of Ohio’s congressional maps.
Earlier in the day Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose warned a court ruling against the latest maps would make it impossible to hold elections for congress or the Ohio General Assembly on May 3. …
“What’s really sad about all of this for Ohio voters: not that many people vote in primaries anyway,” said Mia Lewis, associate director of the good-government group Common Cause Ohio. “What’s going to be the incentive for an Ohio voter to bother to pay attention and figure all of this out?”