Local election boards weigh in on Ohio Congressional maps controversy
The Ohio Supreme Court denied a third round of Congressional redistricting maps Wednesday evening. 21 News spoke to some local election boards to get their reactions to the controversy.
State Democrats have already expressed concern that this rejection would mean that the chance of having a May primary with both legislative and statewide races is extremely unlikely and could come at a great cost to Ohioans.
Local election boards tell 21 News that the state has yet to notify them about any potential pushback, so they're still planning for May 3rd for the primaries. However, the boards did echo the concerns of costs for the state should the date be moved.
"Obviously, elections are costly. I know it's been estimated that if we would have two primaries, it could cost the state of Ohio and additional to 20 to $25 million, but at the end of the day, we need to do what's best for Ohio voters and I'm sure our leaders in Columbus will point us in the right direction," said Columbiana County Board of Elections Deputy Director, Bryce Miner.
The Ohio Redistricting Commission's new deadline to have the maps redrawn is March 28.