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Ohio hits primary filing deadline with legislative maps still in question

 Ohio House and Ohio Senate district maps
Ohio Redistricting Commission
These are the Ohio House and Ohio Senate district maps the Ohio Redistricting Commission approved.

The potential candidates for 99 Ohio House districts and half of Ohio's 33 Senate districts filed their paperwork with local boards of elections around the state.

But the Ohio Supreme Court is still deliberating on a challenge to the latest round of district maps approved by the Ohio Redistricting Commission, which means candidates are filing for districts that may or may not exist in the coming days.

Lawmakers passed a bipartisan bill to help address the problem. But it didn’t change the filing deadline. Speaker Bob Cupp (R-Lima) had said there was “no backup plan” if the Ohio Supreme Court hadn’t rolled on the maps yet.

If the district lines change, candidates will have the ability to amend their petitions, but newcomers who did not file by the deadline will not be able to jump into a race.
Copyright 2022 The Statehouse News Bureau. To see more, visit The Statehouse News Bureau.

Andy Chow is a general assignment state government reporter who focuses on environmental, energy, agriculture, and education-related issues. He started his journalism career as an associate producer with ABC 6/FOX 28 in Columbus before becoming a producer with WBNS 10TV.