Mary Alice Reporting – District map delays are the contributing factor to another primary in Ohio with local changes to redrawn districts.

Some Ohioans may have confusion over a second primary election being hosted on Tuesday, August 2nd, and Tuscarawas County Board of Elections Director Gail Garbrandt says it is somewhat unprecedented but it can happen.

The reasoning for this year is due to the delay in the latest census count and then the dispute over the redrawn maps and a consensus not reached with the Redistricting Commission by the May 3rd primary.

She says this discord was for the State Senate, House of Representatives, and Central Committee.

“And the State Central Committee, both the democrat and republican state parties, in Columbus, have a central committee and those are they’re voting and ruling members so they are elected and their districts mirror the Ohio Senate districts, so we had to also wait to put those people on this August 2nd election.”

As for the districts, the Ohio House was previously, from 2012 to 2022, labeled as the 98th Representative and covered all of Tuscarawas County and most of Holmes. The new map designates this seat as the 51st Representative and still covers all of Tuscarawas but now includes the southern portion of Stark County.

For the Ohio Senate, it remains as the 31st district, but the formerly adopted map covered all of Coshocton, Licking, Perry, and Tuscarawas counties and a portion of Holmes County. The newest map shows the district covering all of Muskingum, Tuscarawas, and Wayne counties, the southern portion of Stark, and the eastern side of Guernsey.

All district maps can be viewed on the Ohio Secretary of State’s website, www.ohiosos.gov.

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