Sen. Sykes and Leader Yuko Comment on Release of Census Data
August 12, 2021
Today, Ohio Senate Minority Leader Kenny Yuko (D-Richmond Heights) and state Senator Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) issued the following statements after the United States Census Bureau released the data from the 2020 Census:
“I’m grateful that the U.S. Census Bureau has worked quickly, despite difficult circumstances, to distribute this information,” Yuko said. “Although delays from the Covid-19 pandemic have caused this data to get to us later than we had hoped, I am confident the Redistricting Commission will still be able to fulfill its duty to the residents of Ohio. I trust the commission will work efficiently to draw fair state legislative districts before the September 1 deadline.”
“Ohio voters demonstrated two times that they’re ready for fair maps. Now that we have the data from the U.S. Census Bureau, it’s time to get to work to meet their expectations,” Sykes said. “I am hopeful that this data will also be made available soon to the public in an accessible format so Ohioans can submit maps of their own. I look forward to hearing from Ohioans during our upcoming statewide hearings and continuing our bipartisan work on the Redistricting Commission.”
Sen. Sykes and Ohio House Speaker Bob Cupp (R-Lima) serve as co-chairs of the Ohio Redistricting Commission, which is responsible for drawing state legislative maps and may play a role in the drawing of congressional maps. The bipartisan commission will soon announce dates for hearings throughout Ohio and a process for the public to provide input.