Supreme Court: No Extra Time For Referendum Effort

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Democrats say the map unfairly favors Republicans, while GOP leaders say it follows the letter of the law.(Photo: Ohio Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee)
Democrats say the map unfairly favors Republicans, while GOP leaders say it follows the letter of the law.(Photo: Ohio Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee)

When the Ohio Supreme Court ruled earlier this month that the Ohio Democratic party could legally wage a referendum over the congressional redistricting map, the party’s leaders immediately asked the high court to restart the 90 day clock for gathering petition signatures.

Democrats said they lost a couple of weeks while Ohio Secretary of State’s office refused to approve petition language to put the issue on the ballot and subsequently, the court initially ruled there was grounds for referendum.

But the Ohio Supreme Court has ruled it will not allow the party more time to gather petition signatures to put the issue on the ballot.

Party Chair Chris Redfern says his party can get the job done, with or without the extra time on the clock. Democrats have until Christmas to collect petition signatures to put the issue on the ballot.

In the meantime, some Democratic lawmakers are holding closed-door talks with Republican legislative leaders, hoping a compromise can avoid the proposed referendum.

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