‘DO THE RIGHT THING:’ Reformers urge City-County Council to adopt independent redistricting

Common Cause Indiana and its allies are calling on the Democratic-controlled Indianapolis City-County Council to “do the right thing” and turn the redrawing of council districts into a nonpartisan affair. “That would really send a message that would resonate the five or six blocks that separate the City-County Building from the Statehouse,” the group’s policy director, Julia Vaughn, said Monday night in a webinar for supporters. “Believe me, that message would be heard.” Vaughn said city officials should: Put redistricting in the hands of an independent commission that would draw new districts without partisan influence. Bring citizens into the process,…

City-County Council announces public hearings on redistricting

The Indianapolis City-County Council has announced a series of nine public hearings, one in each of Marion County's nine townships, on the redistricting process that will take place in 2022. "The effort marks the first time in Indianapolis history that the Council is beginning the redistricting process with a public information and engagement campaign,'' according to a council news release announcing the hearings. The council's Democratic leadership has shared few details of their plans for the redrawing of the council's 25 districts based upon 2020 census results, including whether they will adopt the independent redistricting approach that the council urged…

With candidate filing less than a week away, St. Joseph County’s district lines are unresolved

UPDATE: The infighting over St. Joseph County's redistricting process continued this week as the Republican-controlled Board of County Commissioners vetoed "contingency" maps redrawn by the County Council, only to have the veto overridden by the Democrat-led council.  The actions leave the council district lines unresolved as 2022 primary candidate filing is set to begin in early January, and further set the stage for litigation that has been signalled by council Democrats, the South Bend Tribune reported. *** EARLIER: With barely a week left to finalize new district maps, the St. Joseph County Council finds itself sorting through separate proposals from…

‘The Tippecanoe Way:’ No drama as new county maps are approved

Above: Proposed commissioner districts. From left: Current commissioner districts, proposed council districts, current council districts. The following reports from contributing writer Dave Bangert were first published in his Substack newsletter, Based in Lafayette, Indiana.   UPDATE: If you were looking for political beef, maybe the caliber of the one that drove the Indiana General Assembly’s redistricting effort this fall, amid the mad scramble to draw political lines for Tippecanoe County government seats, well … you came to the wrong place, I guess. Rushed into production last week due to a delayed 2020 population counts from the U.S. Census and then late-arriving…

Our redistricting roundup: New York Times heralds the work of Michigan’s independent redistricting commission

From The New York Times: "One of the country’s most gerrymandered political maps has suddenly been replaced by one of the fairest. A decade after Michigan Republicans gave themselves seemingly impregnable majorities in the state Legislature by drawing districts that heavily favored their party, a newly created independent commission approved maps late Tuesday that create districts so competitive that Democrats have a fighting chance of recapturing the State Senate for the first time since 1984. The work of the new commission, which includes Democrats, Republicans and independents and was established through a citizen ballot initiative, stands in sharp contrast to…

Despite the rush, maps from Monroe County’s bipartisan redistricting are well-received

What if politicians redrew election district maps and both Republicans and Democrats were happy with how it went? That seems to be the case in Monroe County, where county commissioners recently approved districts that were recommended by a bipartisan local redistricting committee. “It worked really well,” Democratic commissioners’ president Julie Thomas said. “I cannot say enough about the work those folks on the committee did. Everything they voted on, everything they sent to us to be approved, we knew it was bipartisan.” County council member Marty Hawk, county government’s only Republican elected office holder, also approved of the process. “I…

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