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Elections workers are asking state lawmakers to delay the May 3 primary

Dan Konik
Statehouse News Bureau

Secretary of State Frank LaRose has asked local boards to add Ohio House and Senate candidates to the May 3 primary ballot, though the maps of their districts that were approved last week haven’t been okayed by the Ohio Supreme Court. The Ohio Association of Elections Officials has sent a letter to state lawmakers, asking them to delay the primary.

The association’s Aaron Ockerman said since legislative districts haven’t been firmed up yet, many counties in Ohio no longer have the ability to run a successful May 3 election.

“It’s gone from possible to impossible, where it’s gone from advisable to try to move forward to crunch deadline and try to make this work for May 3 to inadvisable and it’s mostly because we still lack all of the information we need to try to complete a successful primary on May 3,” said Ockerman.

Ockerman said he's not telling lawmakers what to do but he wants them to know elections boards are in uncharted territory.

March 18 is the federal deadline to send ballots to overseas and military voters. Even if the maps are ok’d this week, he said there isn’t a lot of time to get ballots printed and do all of the things that need to be done to make the deadlines.

Read the letter from the Ohio Association of Election Officials to leaders of the Ohio Legislature here.

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Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.