Fedor Statement on Senate Bill 11
March 10, 2022
Today, state Senator Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) issued the following statement in response to a late night, last minute maneuver, by the House GOP to make the provisions addressing military voting timelines take immediate effect by adding an appropriation to a different bill than originally passed by the Senate on Tuesday:
“I stand by my vote on Tuesday, but let me be clear: We must move the primary to avoid unnecessary chaos. The voters have a right to know who will be on the ballot, but right now, they can’t because of Republican disregard for the Ohio Constitution. Had the majority members of the Redistricting Commission passed constitutional maps, we would not be in this situation.
“The changes made in Senate Bill 11 are not enough to address the crisis Republicans have created and the manner in which this appropriation passed is shameful. Republican lawmakers have subverted the rule of law for their own benefit. Now, they are playing games with our military votes to disenfranchise voters.
“I stand by those who voted against S. B. 11, and I am grateful to my Democratic colleagues in the House for their efforts to move the primary date. I have said it before and I will continue saying it: In a democracy, people rule. Not politicians.”