Today, state Senator Vernon Sykes (D-Akron), co-chair of the Ohio Redistricting Commission, issued a statement following the Commission’s week-long series of regional public hearings:
“I would like to thank everyone who testified at our ten hearings and who worked to make them successful. We received over 25 hours of testimony from over 300 witnesses. Ohioans said loud and clear that they want fair maps that are created through a bipartisan, transparent process. There will be more opportunities for the public to testify on maps and the future of our state’s legislative districts in the coming weeks. I hope Ohioans will continue to stay involved. In order to fulfill voters’ wishes and ensure representational fairness, the commission must ensure this process is as open and accessible as possible.”
All recordings of the meetings are available to watch at www.Redistricting.Ohio.gov
. The website also allows Ohioans to provide written testimony about the future of the state’s legislative districts and submit map proposals of their own.