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Redistricting Reform

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Redistricting Reform Brochure

This short brochure explains the basics about how districts are drawn and what's wrong with the process.

Redistricting Reform for Indiana

Wonder where your legislator stands on redistricting reform? Here is how each responded to this question in the 2016 VOTE411 Voter Guide:

A committee of the Indiana General Assembly is studying redistricting reform for Indiana. Do you support establishment of an independent (non-partisan or bi-partisan) commission to establish voting districts for Indiana? If so, why? If not, why not?

Timothy Wesco Indiana Assembly, District 21
H21@iga.in.gov
I have supported such a redistricting commission in the past because Republicans and Democrats alike have abused the redistricting process throughout the years. When I first ran for office, the shape of my district resembled a little dog. An independent commission, if established, should be required to draw lines that make sense and keep districts relatively compact without taking into consideration past political data.

Dale Devon Indiana Assembly, District 5 No Response
H5@iga.in.gov

Pat Bauer Indiana Assembly, District 6 h6@iga.in.gov

Yes. A process called 'packing' was used when drawing many districts. An over abundance of Minorities are packed into single districts.

Joe Taylor III Indiana Assembly, District 7
h7@iga.in.gov
In our case I would support a non-partisan commission to establish our voting districts. in my opinion that's the only way both parties would ever consider it to be a fair non-partisan affair. Hopefully both sides could agree on who this non-partisan group faster than they would if we decided to do a bi-partisan group. Lastly I would hope that would eliminate some of the controversy that comes with this task.

Ryan Dvorak Indiana Assembly, District 8
h8@iga.in.gov
Partisan gerrymandering has obviously created a massive and unrepresentative legislative imbalance in Indiana. I fully support the work of the redistricting study committee, and look forward to reviewing their conclusions.

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Redistricting Reform - Time to Take Back Elections

In 2014, 44 out of 100 candidates for the Indiana House and 10 of 25 candidates for the Indiana Senate had no opponents.

Why? Because the General Assembly draws the district maps every 10 years after the federal census and legislatures draw maps for political advantage -- creating unfair electoral advantage for the majority party. The result? No competition and dismal voter turnout.

It's time to fix this sick system and put elections back in the hand of the voters.

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