Critics assailed the proposed new Indiana congressional and legislative districts on Monday as rigged in favor of Republicans.
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Indianapolis would gain a new state Senate district under Republicans’ proposed district maps, but the changes likely would otherwise have little impact on the GOP’s 39-11 supermajority in the Senate.
The proposed maps essentially stayed the same as when they were released last week, with one minor amendment moving House districts in Fort Wayne to avoid splitting up an apartment complex.
The Indiana House elections committee opened two days of public hearings on the redistricting plan a little more than 24 hours after the new congressional and Indiana House maps were posted online.
Some Indiana House Republican incumbents could go head-to-head with their GOP colleagues next election cycle, based on shifts in the proposed redistricting maps.
Drafts of the state’s proposed new congressional and House district maps released Tuesday by Republicans aren’t likely to make a sizable changes in Indiana’s political landscape.
Other changes among Indiana’s nine congressional districts to account for population shifts don’t appear likely to shift the 7-2 control that Republicans now hold on those seats.
Republicans on Tuesday are set to release proposed new Indiana House and U.S. House maps that they’ve drawn behind closed doors.
Indiana Republicans will show next week just how far they’ll go in pushing their political control over redrawing the state’s congressional districts.
The process starts Sept. 14, with the House Republicans’ unveiling of the Congressional and Indiana House district map drafts online. The proposed Senate district maps will post online Sept. 21.
The fight over redrawing political maps is just ramping up in state legislatures and nonpartisan commissions around the country. But both Republicans and Democrats already are planning for major showdowns in the courts.
The usual gerrymandering is expected this year as the Legislature embarks on the once-a-decade process of redistricting, though public scrutiny is expected to be much greater than in previous years.
The hearings will be the first public steps by the Republican-dominated Legislature on the once-a-decade redrawing of election maps based on population shifts.
The U.S. Census Bureau says data needed for Indiana lawmakers to redraw the state’s legislative and congressional districts will be ready Aug. 16, and legislative leaders are planning to hold hearings across the state that month to receive public input on the once-a-decade task.
Legislative leaders are laying the groundwork for a return by all 150 lawmakers to Indianapolis months from now to approve new congressional and General Assembly districts based on data from last year’s census.
State lawmakers face the once-a-decade task of drawing new districts for congressional seats, along with the 100 Indiana House and 50 state Senate districts, based on population shifts.
The coalition of some 25 groups, including Common Cause Indiana, the NAACP and the League of Women Voters, said they hoped public pressure would force Republicans not to draw new voting districts behind closed doors.
Redistricting reform advocates are taking a slightly different approach at the Republican-controlled Indiana Legislature this year, as they make more transparency the priority ahead of lines being redrawn in 2021.
Senate Bill 105, authored by Elections Chair Greg Walker, R-Columbus, would establish a series of standards lawmakers would use to redraw district lines following population reapportionment, which occurs each decade after the completion of the U.S. Census.