Amended legislation clears the way for reconvened session on redistricting later this year

Amended legislation adopted by the Indiana House and Senate on April 15 clears the way for a reconvened session later this year in which lawmakers will redraw congressional and legislative districts. The conference committee report on House Bill 1372, which originally dealt with the unrelated topic of reimbursing county sheriffs for emergency transportation of inmates, added provisions to allow the General Assembly to control the redistricting process which was thrown off course by a delay in 2020 census data resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The data ordinarily would have been available in time for the legislature to complete the process…

Legislative leaders shed some light on redistricting plans, AP reports

Indiana’s Republican legislative leadership has offered a few details about possible plans for the decennial redistricting process, according to an Associated Press report on Sunday. According to the report, Indiana House Speaker Todd Huston suggested public hearings might be held around the state, and the House and Senate election committees would meet to discuss the maps, prior to a reconvened  legislative session expected after census data is released in late September. Huston’s remarks followed the release of Senate Republicans’ proposed state budget bill, which includes provisions for the official end of the current legislative session, ordinarily set at the end of April, to be…

From Muncie: Effective representation requires fair maps

The following column was written by Charles D. Taylor, professor of political science at Ball State University and an independent member of the Indiana Citizens Redistricting Commission, a group formed to advise and provide alternatives to the Indiana General Assembly in the decennial redrawing of Indiana’s congressional and legislative districts. This column first appeared in the Muncie Star Press on April 1, 2021. *** Congressional and state legislative districts must be redrawn every 10 years following completion of the U.S. Census. Redistricting ensures that districts have nearly equal population, preserving the important constitutional principle of one person-one vote, but it…

Final ICRC hearing focuses on 2nd Congressional District and the tradeoffs of “compactness”

At first glance, Indiana’s 2nd Congressional District as drawn during the last redistricting process in 2011 didn’t look a lot different from the 2nd Congressional District drawn during the previous one in 2001. Both extended from the Michigan state line through South Bend and into several counties to its south. And while far from a perfect square, either appeared more compact than most of the eight other congressional districts on the map – and in no way resembled the long, meandering configuration that led more than two centuries ago to the coining of the term “gerrymander.’’ Appearances to the contrary,…

From AP: Census delays scramble plans for states’ redistricting

Stymied by delayed census data needed for redistricting, some states are considering postponing their 2022 primaries or turning to other population estimates to start the once-a-decade task of redrawing voting districts used for U.S. House and state legislative elections. The U.S. Census Bureau was supposed to provide redistricting data to the states by March 31, but after setbacks from the pandemic, it won’t be ready until mid- to late August and might not be available in an easy-to-use format until Sept. 30. That’s later than the legal deadlines to complete redistricting in some states and could mean less time for court challenges,…

Congressional Redistricting Criteria and Considerations

The following information from the Congressional Research Service was published Feb. 25, 2021. *** Congressional redistricting involves creating geographic boundaries for U.S. House districts within a state. Following each decennial census, House districts are first allocated among states through apportionment (or reapportionment), then allocated within states based upon each state’s redistricting process. The sections below describe selected federal and state redistricting criteria for congressional districts, followed by a brief discussion of recent related congressional proposals. This product does not provide a legal analysis; for discussion of redistricting law, see CRS Report R44199, Congressional Redistricting: Legal and Constitutional Issues, by L.…

1 2 3