A new study committee will change the way districts are drawn in Indiana by 2021, aiming to make the lines more fair by the next redistricting. Patsy Hoyer with the League of Women Voters says current districts in Indiana are drawn in an imbalanced way. “If you look at the map of how the districts are laid out it makes you wonder, a few of them, well how did that get defined?” said Hoyer. With redistricting necessary based on the 2010 Census results, Hoyer hopes lawmakers take action to stop gerrymandering.
That’s the process of drawing district lines to create a particular result. For example, making oddly shaped districts to create Democratic or Republican strongholds.
“It caught people’s eye that 75% of the elected offices are held by Republicans but 53 of the votes cast and 47 for democrats,” said Hoyer.
Hoyer said it’s important that the committee is an independent, neutral commission that will determine Indiana’s voting districts.