House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) issued a statement following reports that the Census Bureau will not be able to deliver census data by the usual April 1 deadline, concluding that the first data states will receive will not be until September.
“This is a disappointing setback for Ohio where we are ready to put our new map-drawing reforms to work and need reliable counts of Ohioans to do so. That's why it's more important than ever that the Legislative Task Force on Redistricting meet to receive public input and share information as is our duty.
“The fact remains that regardless of when the data arrives, we need to be ready to deliver on the promise of fair districts. I again urge my co-chair to convene the Task Force and release the funds so we can begin the work of bringing fair districts back to Ohio.”