From The New York Times: “One of the country’s most gerrymandered political maps has suddenly been replaced by one of the fairest.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 the type of hyperpartisan extreme gerrymandering that has swept much of the country, exacerbating political polarization — and it may highlight a potential path to undoing such gerrymandering.” Read more.
A New York Times analysis finds that gerrymandered congressional districts may have already given Republicans a lock on a House majority.
From Michiana Public Media: WFYI’s Brandon Smith offers an analysis of the redrawn congressional and legislative districts.
All over but the shouting: After Friday’s final legislative approval, AP’s Tom Davies offers a post-mortem, IndyStar’s Kaitlin Lange looks at the impact on communities of color, and WFYI’s Brandon Smith cites two outside analyses of the new districts.
From The Indianapolis Star‘s Kaitlin Lange: The redrawn districts to watch in 2022.
“It seems Indiana Republicans want to double down:” an IndyStar op-ed from Indiana Democratic Party Chairman Mike Schmuhl.
“None of us have a crystal ball:” The Indianapolis Star‘s James Briggs says this year’s redistricting might not have the expected effect as the decade continues.
The Indianapolis Star reports that criticism of the GOP redistricting plan isn’t limited to Indiana Democrats.
The South Bend Tribune offers an assessment of the redrawn congressional and legislative districts in and around St. Joseph County.
From The Indianapolis Star‘s James Briggs: Republicans say their gerrymandered maps aren’t gerrymandered.
From the Indianapolis Business Journal: In addition to the 12 House Republicans who find themselves paired with other incumbents in redrawn districts, state Rep. John Jacob — often at odds with the Republican caucus — will share his district with a former legislator who might challenge him in the primary.
Newspapers and broadcast media weigh in on the Sept. 14 release of the proposed congressional and legislative districts: CNHI Indiana, Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, Indiana Daily Student, Indianapolis Business Journal, The Indianapolis Star, TheStatehouseFile.com, Times of Northwest Indiana, WFYI Indianapolis.
An Associated Press analysis of the upcoming redistricting finds that along with rural counties, some urban areas in Muncie and Lake County are at risk of losing representation because of population declines.
In the Muncie Star Press, retired Ball State journalism instructor Sheryl Swingley says lawmakers should prioritize competitiveness in redrawing the state’s congressional and legislative districts.
South Bend Tribune editorial: When will Indiana lawmakers make time for fairness?
South Bend Tribune columnist Jack Colwell offers a Q-and-A on redistricting and a few predictions, including on whether GOP legislative leaders will redraw the 1st Congressional District to their advantage.
From the Monticello Herald Journal, state Sen. J.D. Ford on why Indiana needs fair and open redistricting.
From the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, a primer on redistricting.
Tom Davies of the Associated Press reports that redistricting might present GOP legislators with an opportunity they can’t resist: shoring up their advantage in the 5th Congressional District and maybe even gaining a foothold in the 1st: Indiana Republicans may seek to bolster congressional hold
From The Indianapolis Star: How gerrymandering dilutes the voting power of Black Hoosiers.
“There is little suspense as to what will happen:” IndyStar columnist James Briggs weighs in on redistricting.
In an IndyStar op-ed, Tony Mason, president and CEO of the Indianapolis Urban League, and Jane Henegar, executive director of the ACLU of Indiana encourage attendance at legislative hearings on redistricting and warn of the effects of gerrymandering on minority communities.
An Indianapolis Business Journal editorial urges transparency and nonpartisanship in the upcoming redistricting process.
From Politico, an analysis on whether Republican legislators will exploit their advantage in red states like Indiana to “crack” currently Democratic districts in their urban areas, redrawing district lines to include more Republican voters in adjacent areas. Among the possible targets listed in the analysis: first-term U.S. Rep. Frank Mrvan in Indiana’s 1st Congressional District.
From the Associated Press: Illinois Democrats used inadequate data and an opaque process to draw new legislative districts, a Latino civil rights organization argued in the latest lawsuit seeking to block the maps from being used for statehouse elections over the next decade. Top Illinois Republicans also challenged the maps this week in a lawsuit filed in federal court in Chicago after Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the new boundaries into law despite a campaign pledge not to approve politician-drawn districts.
From the Associated Press: Democrat-drawn legislative district maps to govern elections in the Illinois General Assembly for the next decade won legislative approval, and the next stop is the desk of Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who might be backing away from an earlier promise to veto maps drawn by politicians.
From Politico: A new approach in the way the Census aggregates its data could make it more difficult to do extreme gerrymandering, according to a Tufts University mathematician and expert on redistricting.