COLUMBUS – Today, State Representative Ron Ferguson (R- Wintersville) filed legislation specifying that any costs incurred from holding a second primary election will be taken from the Ohio Supreme Court’s budget.
A dozen republicans have signed on in support of the bill.
“If we don’t make a decision at the state level on the source of funding, the cost of holding a second primary election will fall on our counties,” said Ferguson.
The legislation is simple; it ensures that additional expenses resulting from a bifurcated primary will be funded by the budget of the Ohio Supreme Court.
“Throughout the long and cumbersome redistricting process, members of Ohio’s Redistricting Commission have worked with haste and professionalism towards the goal of a unified May 3rd primary election,” added Ferguson. “Unfortunately, the Ohio Supreme Court has not acted with the same sense of urgency in prioritizing a unified primary.”