Fedor Urges Legislature to Move Primary Election
March 18, 2022
COLUMBUS – Today, state Senator Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) issued the following statement after Secretary of State Frank LaRose released a letter stating that the General Assembly primary election can no longer be held on May 3. This came shortly after the Ohio Supreme Court rejected the third set of state legislative maps adopted by the Ohio Redistricting Commission.
“Ohioans must understand that we are in this situation solely because of the Republican members of the Redistricting Commission, including Secretary LaRose. The Commission has had months to draw fair maps. Unfortunately, Republican Commission members’ refusal to pass constitutional maps in a timely, bipartisan and transparent manner, has made a May 3 primary impossible. Now, it is imperative that the legislature move the primary to a singular, later date.
“Secretary LaRose’s letter shifts blame to anyone but those truly responsible for creating this chaos: In his letter, he blames the Census data delay on President Biden, claiming it was ‘intentional.’ This is false. Covid-19, and delays from the Trump administration, actually caused the data delay. Additionally, Secretary LaRose himself could have voted against the unconstitutional maps and for the fair, constitutional maps introduced by Democrats, but decided not to.
“I’ve heard from countless Ohioans who are disappointed by the Commission and are calling for the primary date to be moved. We, as Ohio’s elected officials, need to listen to the will of the people and move the primary date for all races on the ballot. Creating two different primary dates will cost taxpayers millions of dollars, and is another Republican ploy to disenfranchise voters and retain their supermajority.”
“Bottom line: We live in a democracy. A democracy means people rule, not politicians.”