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Redistricting Reform

Redistricting & Gerrymandering in Indiana

Redistricting is the process of redrawing district maps after the census to equalize the populations of congressional and legislative districts. Gerrymandering is the act of rigging the districts to sway the outcome of the election toward the party in power. 

 

We believe that voters should choose their elected officials. However, in Indiana state politicians choose their voters because they are in control of redrawing Indiana's districts every 10 years. Citizens Action Coalition is a part of the Indiana Coalition for Independent Redistricting, All IN for Democracy, a large group of organizations that has been working together for the last several years to put a fair redistricting process in place for Indiana.

 

The Indiana Citizens Redistricting Commission (ICRC)

Since the Indiana General Assembly (IGA) has refused to create a Citizens Redistricting Commission to draw fair and impartial district maps, we did it ourselves! The Indiana Coalition for Independent Redistricting has formed our own citizens redistricting commission, composed of nine members:  three Republicans, three Democrats and three members who are neither Republican nor Democrat.  The members will select a chairperson who must not be affiliated with either of the major political parties.

 

The goal of this commission is to create a public mapping website so that Hoosiers across the state can be fully engaged in redistricting. The ICRC will demonstrate how the redistricting process in Indiana should be conducted.  The ICRC will show that a politically balanced group of citizens working transparently and in cooperation with citizens can devise districts that will serve the public interest, not the interests of politicians. 

 

The ICRC will hold a series of virtual public meetings in 2021 to take public testimony on what redistricting criteria should guide the map-drawing process and to identify communities of interest throughout the state.  They will publish a report and send it to the members of the Indiana General Assembly charged with redistricting responsibilities.  They will also sponsor a map-drawing competition and serve as the judges for that competition.  The maps that best fulfill the criteria established through the public testimony and endorsed by the ICRC membership will be awarded cash prizes.

 

Those maps will also be submitted to the IGA by the All IN for Democracy coalition whose members will lobby the legislature to adopt them, instead of the partisan-drawn maps that will be produced by the incumbent politicians.  Our goal is to force the IGA to choose between maps drawn in a transparent manner by a politically balanced group of citizens or the maps drawn in secret by politicians who want to preserve their power. The choice should be clear.         

  

For more on why redistricting reform is necessary, and what that reform should look like in Indiana, visit https://www.citact.org/politics-and-money/campaign/redistricting-reform.

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Dates for Public Redistricting Meetings:

Be a part of this important conversation! The Indiana Citizens Redistricting Commission will take testimony from the public regarding what redistricting criteria should guide the map-drawing process and to identify communities of interest throughout the state. Public comments from these meetings will be included in a report to the Indiana General Assembly and will set the parameters for a public mapping competition seeking community-focused districts.  

The meetings are as follows. Click on the meeting date to register!

Click here for a map of Indiana Congressional Districts (CD) to see which district you are in. 

 

Contact your state legislators:

Tell them that you want a redistricting process that is open and transparent, with opportunities for citizens to participate.

 

To look up and/or e-mail your Indiana legislators, visit: http://iga.in.gov/legislative/find-legislators/

 

The very best way to get a message to your State Senator and Representative is to call and leave a message with their Legislative Assistants.  These PDF documents have the direct numbers and e-mail addresses for all of our Indiana State Legislators:

 

To mail a letter or make a phone call:  

Indiana Senate
200 W. Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2786
(800) 382-9467 

Indiana House of Representatives
200 W. Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2786
(800) 382-9842

 

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