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9 hearings in 3 days: Legislative leaders announce tight schedule of redistricting hearings

Indiana Citizen Staff Report The legislative leaders in charge of Indiana’s redistricting process on Thursday announced a concentrated schedule of nine public hearings, limited to three days and timed well before the public release of the proposed congressional and legislative maps on which the Indiana House and Senate are expected to begin debate in September. […]

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Parties split on whether to expand or restrict voter access

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Parties split on whether to expand or restrict voter access

By Tabby Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—After the 2020 election, with many Republicans claiming there was voter fraud, several laws went into effect across the U.S. limiting voting access. While most Republicans agree these laws are needed, most Democrats do not.  Last week, Common Cause of Indiana, the Sierra Club and the League of Women Voters of […]

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Republican leaders plan to complete redistricting by October

Indiana Citizen staff report Indiana House Speaker Todd Huston and Senate President Pro Tem Rodric Bray are tentatively planning on completing new congressional, state House and state Senate districts by Oct. 1, using so-called “legacy” data from the U.S. Census Bureau that will become available in mid-August. The Republican legislative leaders laid out their ideas […]

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Gerrymandering study raises concerns about upcoming redistricting plan

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Gerrymandering study raises concerns about upcoming redistricting plan

By Carolina Puga Mendoza TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS—A new study says Indiana’s 2011 redistricting favors one party over the other, creating an unequal representation of its citizens. In it, a national expert on gerrymandering deems the act as “bad for democracy,” a claim state Republicans deny. Women4Change, a nonpartisan organization, hired Dr. Christopher Warshaw to analyze 50 […]

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The room where it happened: A decade after Indiana’s 2011 redistricting, those on the inside still aren’t talking

By Janet Williams and Bill Theobald The Indiana Citizen Jeb Bardon knew it was over for Democrats in Indiana a decade ago, as soon as he saw the new maps. Drafted behind closed doors by a small group of the Republicans who had solidified their control of the Indiana General Assembly in 2010, House Bills […]

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Group plans virtual redistricting forum

Staff ReportTheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—A group of organizations concerned about partisan redistricting plans a virtual forum designed to engage churches and other places of worship Monday. The Indiana Coalition for Independent Redistricting will host “Prayer for Democracy: Bringing Your Faith Community into the Redistricting Conversation” June 7 from noon to 1 p.m., eastern time. Those interested in […]

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Legislative leaders offer little in response to redistricting recommendations

Legislative leaders offer little in response to redistricting recommendations

By Tabby Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—This week, legislators were given an eight-page report from the Indiana Citizens Redistricting Commission, based on testimony gathered during 10 virtual public hearings that drew about 900 participants across the state. But by Friday, most of the legislative leaders contacted by TheStatehouseFile.com did not comment on the report, which offers suggestions […]

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Do: Encourage competitiveness. Don’t: Divide communities. Citizens panel releases redistricting recommendations

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Do: Encourage competitiveness. Don’t: Divide communities. Citizens panel releases redistricting recommendations

By Kevin Morgan The Indiana Citizen Indiana’s new congressional and legislative districts could improve on its current ones in two significant ways—by sacrificing compactness for competitiveness and by uniting rather than dividing cities, counties and other communities of interest, a citizens group urged state legislative leaders on Wednesday. The eight-page report from the Indiana Citizens […]

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Empowered extremes, lower turnout: A look at how redistricting can make a difference

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Empowered extremes, lower turnout: A look at how redistricting can make a difference

By Janet Williams The Indiana Citizen The passage of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2015 presented Indiana with an interesting question: Did the actions of its state legislature really reflect the will of the governed?  What came next suggested they did not. Only a few weeks after its enactment by an overwhelming margin, an […]

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Legislative leaders share more specifics on the redistricting process ahead, but questions remain

By Janet Williams and Bill Theobald The Indiana Citizen Last month, after nearly four months in session, the Indiana General Assembly passed a new state budget and headed for the exits. But the lawmakers left the Statehouse with the knowledge that they will need to return in 2021 to take on another big job‚ redistricting—and […]

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