Leader Sykes Statement On Supreme Court Ruling
Disappointed in decision to sidestep issue, uphold unfair maps
Posted June 27, 2019 by Minority Caucus
 
 

Ohio House Democratic Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) today issued a statement following the Supreme Court’s decision in the North Carolina and Maryland partisan gerrymandering cases. The decision will impact the ongoing court challenge to Ohio's congressional map. 


“While today’s decision is a step back in the fight against unfair districts, we must continue to move forward and listen to the people of Ohio, who told us not once, but twice, that they want fair maps. It remains our duty, as legislative leaders, to prepare for a fair and accurate census and an open and transparent map-drawing process. Every voter deserves the opportunity to have their voice heard and their vote counted. We must uphold that fundamental promise to Ohioans.”


Leader Sykes is the co-chairwoman of the Legislative Task Force on Redistricting, Reapportionment, and Demographic Research, a body charged with managing the tasks involved in drawing Ohio’s legislative and congressional districts. Her co-chairman is Senate President Obhof.

 
 
 
  
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