Methods to Contribute to Redistribution in Indiana

– One of the top to-do items for lawmakers in has yet to be addressed this year.

-19 delayed census data used to redistribute and convention cards. The numbers are broad, but certain data won’t be available until September.

It is not too early for everyday hoosiers to get involved in the process.

“The needs to be really engaged and not wait for the general assembly to begin,” said Julia Vaughn, policy director for Common Cause Indiana.

The Indiana Citizens Redistricting Commission has already hosted ten virtual public hearings and will continue to search for information about drawing maps.

“My job was to put all of these really important testimonials together in a report that we will soon be taking to the General Assembly,” said Vaughn. “And I really hope they will follow the recommendations of the public.”

Senate President Pro Tem Rodric Bray said the report would be considered.

“We want as much public input as possible,” said Bray. “I know you will work hard on it, it is very important to you.”

The legislature will hold its own public hearings in late summer but has not announced any specific dates.

Ultimately, it is lawmakers who draw the cards under Indiana law.

A recent decline in the rural population and an increase in urban and suburban areas could make it difficult.

“I think Republicans should possibly be ready to lose seats mainly because of these population shifts,” said IndyPolitics.Org editor and editor Abdul-Hakim Shabazz.

“What you will inevitably see is that in these rural areas, the counties will be bigger than they used to be,” added Sen. Bray.

He said they would avoid gerrymandering and draw cards with a view to political advantage.

“It’s not the way to do it,” explained Bray.

Common Cause Indiana said it was up to the voters to make sure the cards were fair.

“We’ll get stuck in these districts whether we like them or hate them,” Vaughn said.

These new cards won’t change for another ten years.

To learn more about how you can be involved in the process, click here.

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