PoliticsGroups Rally for Bipartisan, Transparent Redistricting Process

Groups Rally for Bipartisan, Transparent Redistricting Process

-

- Advertisment -sslate

The long-awaited, detailed demographic census data is set to be released Thursday, and in Indiana, good-government groups are urging transparency as state lawmakers draw new voting-district maps for the next decade of elections.

Some states are moving toward independent commissions to draw their voting-district maps, but in Indiana, it’s the Legislature.

Katie Blair, director of advocacy and public policy for the ACLU of Indiana, said she hopes they take “communities of interest” into account. She said it’s important that people with common values – related to race or ethnicity, a school district, park or community center – can come together to make their views known.

vote

“We want to have multiple opportunities for people from the public – citizens – to come in, and to express what they want to see in their maps and what they have concerns with,” she said. “We want these maps to be drawn fair, and to keep communities of interest together.”

A series of public hearings on redistricting kicked off in Lafayette last week, but attendees voiced some concern about whether lawmakers actually will incorporate the input into the maps.

A coalition of good-government groups is to hold a rally at the Statehouse today, to ask that the process be bipartisan and transparent, and allow adequate time for the public to weigh in.

When redistricting is done properly, Blair said, new district lines should reflect population changes and racial diversity – but too often, people in power use redistricting as a political tool to manipulate election outcomes, or what’s known as gerrymandering. She added that, historically, racial gerrymandering has been a major issue.

“It is used to further marginalize communities of color, by ‘packing’ communities of color into too small of districts,” she said, “or by ‘cracking’ communities of color and spreading them out over many districts, diluting their voting power.”

A recent report from the group “Women 4 Change” found an “extreme Republican bias” in Indiana’s maps compared with other states. In 2012, Republican candidates got slightly more than 54% of the statewide congressional vote, but they won seven of the state’s nine congressional seats. Results of elections since then have been similar.

Sunshine Slate
Sunshine Slatehttps://www.sunshineslate.com
Sunshine Slate is your news, entertainment, music fashion website. We provide you with the latest breaking news and videos straight from the United States of America.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest news

PERLIE’s Comfort Men’s Shoes Are Taking America By Storm

PERLIE’s unique and patented technology combining sneaker comfort with the looks and quality of luxury men’s shoes, has taken America by storm

Small businesses show their community spirit with support and solidarity in challenging times

New research shows the incredible camaraderie and resilience that exists among small business owners in the face of ongoing challenges.

Florida Nonprofit Helps Offset High Cost of Insulin

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, a time to bring attention to a disease affecting more than 37 million Americans,

Can Wheel Spacers Cause Vibration at High Speed

Wheel spacers are important for your vehicles. This article shows us whether wheel spacers cause vibration.
- Advertisement -

5 New Shows Expected to Bring a Lot of Entertainment  

Without any further delay, here are some exciting shows you can plan on watching

Best Apps for your New Mobile Phone

We can install any app from the google play store very quickly. Let’s take a look at some most amazing apps for android mobile phones.
edealo.com
- Advertisement - Motel 6
transformerscon

Must read

Best Apps for your New Mobile Phone

We can install any app from the google play store very quickly. Let’s take a look at some most amazing apps for android mobile phones.

Uncertainty Hovers on Clean Water Act’s 50th Anniversary

The Clean Water Act turns 50 this week, but parts of it are being challenged in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court.
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -sslate

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you