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Democratic senator says GOP 'arrogance' in redistricting process is costly to Ohio taxpayers

 U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown
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U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown tweeted this photo as new chair of the Senate Banking and Housing Committee in February 2021.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown says the blame for possibly changing the primary date lands squarely on Republicans.

Republicans have submitted maps three times to the Ohio Supreme Court: two sets of legislative maps and one Congressional map. They’ve all been invalidated by the Court. Democratic leaders and voter rights advocates warned the GOP leaders that would happen before the previous drafts were adopted.

Brown says he was "incredulous" to hear Senate President Matt Huffman (R-Lima) suggest the state split the primary in two.

"As if he didn't have anything to do with that, as if the arrogance and the delay by Republicans isn't costing taxpayers millions of millions of dollars," said Brown, who notes the expense that can incur with an additional primary and the bill already accumulating in court costs.

Huffman, who is on the Ohio Redistricting Commission now in charge of redrawing both the legislative and Congressional maps, says he does not think the state can hold a primary for those races since the districts are still not finalized.

Huffman suggested the state could continue with a May 3 primary for local and statewide races and hold the other primary races on a later date.

Ballots for overseas voters are supposed to be mailed out in five weeks.
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Andy Chow is a general assignment state government reporter who focuses on environmental, energy, agriculture, and education-related issues. He started his journalism career as an associate producer with ABC 6/FOX 28 in Columbus before becoming a producer with WBNS 10TV.