Friday, September 30, 2011

Batchelder Releases Statement on Apportionment Board Hearing

COLUMBUS—The Ohio Apportionment Board today held an emergency meeting to consider and accept an amendment from Rep. Sandra Williams that would strengthen voting rights in Cuyahoga County. The hearing was convened because of miscommunication related to the amendment during Wednesday’s meeting.

Speaker William G. Batchelder (R-Medina) released the following statement regarding today’s Apportionment Board actions:

“I applaud the Ohio Apportionment Board for taking prompt action to consider Representative Williams’ request, which is a positive improvement to the map as a whole and will strengthen the rights of minority voters in Cuyahoga County. This is a good amendment that I believe more fully complies with the constitutional and legal requirements for the maps of the Ohio General Assembly. I am pleased that Representative Williams made this request and that the board had the opportunity to analyze and accept it for the benefit of the Cleveland-area community.”