Slow redistricting effort may delay 2012 OH Presidential Primary

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January 13, 2011

By Kyle Maichle

COLUMBUS, Ohio: The 2012 Ohio Presidential preference primary could be delayed if the state faces a slow redistricting process.[1]

The possibility of a delay came after first year Secretary of State Jon Husted was warned by local election officials that they would not have enough time to prepare for the March 6, 2012, primary if the General Assembly is slow to approve a congressional redistricting plan.[1]

The Ohio Apportionment Commission has until October 1, 2011, to have a redistricting plan in place for the General Assembly. However, it is up to both houses of the General Assembly to approve the commission's recommended plan. Currently, Republicans have a 4-1 edge on the reapportionment commission. The Commission consists of the Governor, Secretary of State, State Auditor, and two members of the Legislature from each of the major parties.[1]

There is no statutory deadline for Congressional redistricting in Ohio.[1]

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