The new census figures are out and, as expected, Ohio will lose two congressional seats because of the state’s shrinking population. That means new boundary lines will need to be drawn to define each district. In an interview with Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles, Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner explains where that process goes from here.
Brunner says the legislature will need to have the redistricting plan done in time for candidates to file for the primary ballot. That deadline would be 75 days prior to the election. There’s been some talk about moving Ohio’s primary up to March from May and if that happens, Brunner says the plan would need to be in place by the end of next year.