COLUMBUS - State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) issued the following statement today in response to a federal, three-judge panel’s decision to implement the latest set of gerrymandered, state legislative districts in Ohio, created by the Republican members of the Ohio Redistricting Commission.
“It is clear that Republicans in Ohio will do anything to cheat their way out of fair elections. If they can’t buy a win, they’ll steal it. Absolute power corrupts absolutely,” said Rep. Lepore-Hagan. “Voters couldn’t have been clearer on what they wanted from the redistricting process. But, whether it’s guns, reproductive freedom, public education - you name it - Republicans aren’t listening. They’re rigging the system and keeping themselves accountable to no one, except their wealthy campaign donors.”
Democratic commission members continue to adhere to the rulings from the Ohio Supreme Court. Recently, Ohio Redistricting Commission Co-Chair and State Sen. Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) and Commission member and House Minority Leader Allison Russo (D-Upper Arlington) sent Republican Commissioners a letter requesting a Commission meeting prior to the June 3rd deadline, set in the latest ruling, by the Ohio Supreme Court. Friday’s federal court decision implementing Map 3— districts that were ruled unconstitutional twice by the Ohio Supreme Court— applies only to the 2022 election.
“There is a cost to ignoring the overwhelming majority of Ohioans who called for fair districts. All of us are footing $25 million for this circus. However, the real price is not having elected officials in Columbus who actually represent the views of the people living in this state. The rise of extremism and corruption, and the decline of sensible lawmaking, can all be traced back to gerrymandering,” said Rep. Lepore-Hagan.