Republican opponents of Issue 2, the proposed redistricting reform plan, have started to question the rules that would govern the new citizens committee that would handle redistricting should voters approve the measure on Nov. 6.
Secretary of State Jon Husted underscored these concerns when he recently described to reporters a startling hypothetical situation involving a commission member.
"Apparently, you could accept a bribe from somebody to get the map that you want, and you couldn't be removed from this commission," Husted, a Republican and outspoken critic of Issue 2, told reporters after the Aug. 15 meeting of the Ohio Ballot Board to determine ballot language for Issue 2.
Is Husted right? Issue 2, after all, is billed as an attempt to remove political influence from the redistricting process.
PolitiFact Ohio checked into Husted's statement.
Although there isn't a removal process within the proposed amendment, others exist in state law.
Husted's statement is not accurate. That's a False on the Truth-O-Meter.
Previous Lies from the opponents of Issue 2
- PolitiFact previously rated a claim from an Ohio Republican Party mailer False. (click here)
- The Ohio Supreme Court found the ballot language crafted by Secretary of State Jon Husted and the Ohio Ballot Board to contain material omissions and factual inaccuracies. (click here)
- The Ohio Elections Commission found Probable Cause that an Ohio Republican Party mailer was purposely misleading. (click here)