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Charging gerrymandering in GOP plan, redistricting reformers present an alternative map

Above: Proposed Indiana House district map submitted to the Indiana Citizens Redistricting Commission by Fort Wayne schoolteacher Jorge Fernandez.  Redistricting reform groups launched an intensified campaign against Indiana House Republicans’ newly released redistricting proposal on Thursday, citing new academic findings that the new maps are gerrymandered and offering an alternative map that they said would […]

PROFESSOR’S ANALYSIS: New maps are no fairer than the old ones

Two days after Indiana House Republicans made public their proposed redrawing of the state’s congressional and legislative districts, a George Washington University professor who performed an often-cited outside analysis of the state’s 2011 redistricting announced his analysis of the new maps: They’re as gerrymandered as the old ones. The new study by Professor Christopher Warshaw, […]

‘Gerrymandering has become an evil art, almost:’ Redistricting was the topic at Indianapolis Recorder town hall meeting

The following was written by Breanna Cooper of the Indianapolis Recorder through The Indiana Citizen redistricting reporting project, which was organized with assistance from the Hoosier State Press Association. Once a decade, Indiana’s congressional district, state Senate and House of Representatives maps are redrawn by the state legislature. While the new maps are based on data […]

House Republicans discuss redistricting process, defend new maps in first committee hearing

A day after releasing most of their proposed congressional and legislative district maps, Indiana House Republicans offered their first public explanation of how they’ve conducted this year’s redistricting process and sought to defend it against charges of gerrymandering. Rep. Greg Steuerwald, R-Avon, the House majority caucus leader and author of the redistricting legislation, was the […]

THE NEW MAPS ARE OUT: See them here and follow for updates

Sept. 14, 2021 Indiana’s Republican legislative leaders on Tuesday made public most of the redistricting maps that they plan to enact during a legislative process set to begin little more than 24 hours later. Above, at top: Proposed congressional district map. Below, from left: (1) Current congressional district map, (2) current Indiana House district map, […]

REDISTRICTING IN INDIANA: Why racial justice requires fair maps

The following analysis was written by Alan Mills, a member of the Indiana Citizen Education Foundation board of directors. America is changing. And Indiana, though a few steps behind, is changing, too. Newly released U.S. Census Bureau data shows that during the past 10 years, Indiana has become more diverse.  In 2010, Hoosiers identifying themselves […]

A study in contrasts: The representatives versus the represented

The following report was written by veteran journalists Bill Theobald and Janet Williams for The Indiana Citizen. Pictured: Emmitt Riley III, associate professor of political science and Africana studies at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind. Sept. 10, 2021 The face of Indiana is changing rapidly, less white, more Black, brown, and Asian. But whether the faces of […]

House adds another public hearing on redistricting, to be held one day after release of maps

UPDATE: The first of the Indiana House Elections and Apportionment Committee meetings for public testimony on proposed congressional and legislative district maps has been scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15. The second of two committee meetings will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 16. Both will be held in the Indiana House chamber at […]

‘Gerrymandering is sin:” Faith leaders call for fair and open redistricting

The leaders who came to the Indiana Statehouse on Wednesday represented six different faiths but delivered a single message, telling  Indiana lawmakers that the decennial redistricting that they will soon begin is more than a political process. “The only way our democracy in Indiana can be strengthened is a fair and transparent redistricting process … […]

Legislators unveil website for citizens to submit their own proposed redistricting maps

Indiana legislative leaders have announced details on how members of the public can submit their own proposals for the state’s new congressional and legislative districts. The online proposals from the public will be reviewed in advance of the anticipated release of Indiana House Republicans’ redistricting legislation on Sept. 14, according to a posting on the […]