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Ohio Association of Election Officials Beg to End Groundhog Day of Map Flap

The gerrymandered maps can't get approval

If the fight in Ohio between a defiant political mapmaking panel and an equally stubborn Ohio Supreme Court bears a resemblance to the movie "Groundhog Day," then long-suffering election workers are the guy caught in the daily nightmare — at least according to the head of their trade organization.

The Ohio Association of Election Officials drew the analogy Monday as it stood by state election officials' insistence that a second primary for legislative races must be held on Aug. 2 — no later. Early voting in other races is already underway for the first primary, being held May 3, but Statehouse contests were omitted from ballots because those maps remain disputed.

“One dissenting justice compared the redistricting process to the movie 'Groundhog Day.' It is an apt description for election officials who feel like Bill Murray,” said Brian Sleeth, the association's president. “Indeed, we are trapped in an endless cycle of fits and starts, unable to begin or conclude the important work our voters expect us to complete.”

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