In a Friday morning press conference, Ohio Democratic Party Chair Elizabeth Walters and Secretary of State candidate Chelsea Clark voiced their concerns about Frank LaRose for what they say is “playing partisan games with redistricting as he continues to break the law and rubber stamp gerrymandered maps.”
LaRose’s current plan for the May primary elections: Those in the military oversees would need to have their absentee mail in ballots sent by March 18 – in a time frame that Ohio Democrats say is logistically impossible – using the maps currently in place.
If absentee ballots are not received on time, the state will be in violation of federal law.
Ohio Democrats say that while every Republican on the commission is to blame “for the chaos caused by their failure to pass fair maps,” Ohio’s top elections official, “LaRose has failed most spectacularly.”
LaRose for Ohio Campaign Manager Adam Rapien made a statement to FOX 8 regarding ODP’s stance:
“The political operatives at the ODP are asking the Secretary not to carry out his oath of office — to ensure Ohio voters won’t get a chance to vote for their legislators if these constitutional maps are upheld. Suppressing the voters is a strange strategic choice of theirs. Secretary LaRose is focused on doing what he always does, leading an election that will be as secure, accurate, and accessible as ever.”
The most recent Republican-amended map passed with a 5-2 vote on Wednesday afternoon with ten Republican leaning districts, three Democratic leaning districts, and two toss ups, according to data provided.
The Ohio Supreme Court in February turned down the maps for the second time saying the plan was ” invalid in its entirety.” The first failed attempt was in September.