LETTER: Give us back our vote

I support redistricting reform because I want my voice and my vote back. Hoosier voters should choose their elected officials, not the other way around. Yet politicians take advantage of the current partisan redistricting process to tip the scales in favor of one party over another. The result? Unfair and uncompetitive elections that cost Hoosiers their voice in the election process. This atrocity is committed by both political parties. By taking politics out of the redistricting process, we can ensure that every Hoosier has a vote that matters.

Indiana state legislative districts show obvious signs of gerrymandering. Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb won with just 51 percent of the vote statewide in 2016, yet Republicans control 70 percent of the seats in the Indiana House and 82 percent of the seats in the Indiana Senate. This data shows that when some people vote, their vote has more worth than others. Though this trend in Indiana currently benefits the Republican Party more, as power shifts, this could change as well. I believe a nonpartisan committee is the only way to ensure fairness and equity for all Hoosier voters.

Members of both political parties have bills to get this done. Hoosiers want their voices and their votes back.


Valerie Dennis

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