The Ohio Elections commission has approved a settlement between backers of the group pushing for a constitutional amendment to change redistricting and the Ohio Republican Party and another group that’s fighting to defeat that measure on the ballot.
Voters First, the group that’s pushing for a citizens commission to take over the process of drawing legislative and congressional district lines has succeeded in getting opponents to agree to quit saying that new panel would get a blank check. And Sandy Theis with Voters First says the agreement specifies opponents cannot say some of the commission members will be chosen in secret.
Theis: “The map that we have today was crafted in secret in a hotel that they call the bunker. Issue two would reform that and would make the commission’s meeting’s and decisions subject to the sunshine law so that all of its duties, deliberations and decisions would be done in public.”
Matt Borges, the Executive Director of the Ohio Republican Party, says his group agreed to the settlement so they could move past petty squabbling.
Borges: “The frivolous complaint that was filed by the Voters First was filed against the Ohio Republican Party who has never said anything otherwise but we agreed to say that these politicians can hold meetings in secret instead of that they will hold meetings in secret.”
Borges says the settlement proves issue two is too confusing.