COLUMBUS: Legislative Democrats are calling on the Ohio elections chief to refrain from expressing his opinion about a redistricting issue that his office is reviewing for the fall ballot.
In a letter Tuesday, Senate Democratic Leader Eric Kearney and House Democratic Leader Armond Budish (BYOO’-dish) said it is important that Secretary of State Jon Husted remain neutral on the Voters First proposal given his regulatory role.
Husted says the measure would be a flawed and overly complicated replacement for Ohio’s current system for drawing legislative and congressional maps.
His spokesman Matt McClellan said Husted is a long-time advocate of redistricting reform and asking him to remain silent is absurd.
McClellan noted Husted is remaining neutral in this year’s presidential race unlike predecessors of both parties who held the office.