What we're doing
Indiana Coalition for Independent Redistricting
We are All IN for Democracy
In 2014, Common Cause Indiana and the League of Women Voters of Indiana co-founded the Indiana Coalition for Independent Redistricting. Over five years we’ve grown to a coalition of twenty five organizations working for a fair and bipartisan redistricting process that ends the conflict of interest that exists when legislators draw the maps. We want a process that allows citizens to choose their politicians, not one where the politicians get to choose their voters and skew the districts to favor one party over the other. Our members include environmental organizations, consumer groups, organizations representing minority voters, women’s advocacy groups and more. We sponsor trainings, rallies and other events. You can find more information about the redistricting coalition at www.allinfordemocracy.org.
Redistricting Reform Legislation
Common Cause Indiana has been working with a bipartisan team of legislators in the Indiana House and Senate to pass legislation to reform redistricting in Indiana before 2021, when new maps for the state legislature and Congress will be drawn.
We helped Senator John Ruckelshaus (R) Indianapolis write SB 91 (link here), legislation to create a citizens redistricting commission that would control the redistricting process and produce Congressional and state legislative maps that the General Assembly would vote up or down to adopt. Unfortunately, this bill did not receive a hearing in 2018 or 2019.
During both the 2018 and 2019 sessions, Common Cause IN supported legislation sponsored by Senator Greg Walker (R) Columbus to create a list of public interest criteria that the legislature must consider when they draw maps. (link to SB105 here). We wanted to strengthen the bill to include language that expressly prohibited drawing a district to favor any individual or political party, but did not succeed in gaining enough support for that amendment. While Senator Walker’s bill passed the Senate in both 2018 and 2019 it died when the Chairman of the House Elections Committee refused to give it a hearing.
The 2020 legislative session will be our last opportunity to reform the redistricting process before it happens in 2021 – time is running short. So, while we will continue to advocate for a citizens redistricting commission and a set of criteria to guide map-makers, we will be focusing in the upcoming session on reforms to make the redistricting process more transparent and open to public input. We are working with our legislative allies on both sides of the aisle to introduce legislation to create a map-drawing website and process for citizens to draw their own districts and submit them to the legislature for consideration. We must end the monopoly that exists when maps drawn by self-interested politicians are the only ones on the table. We need redistricting of the people, by the people and for the people – not politicians. And to accomplish this, we need your help.
Resolutions for Redistricting Reform
A resolution is a way for a local government to express its opinion in a public statement to a higher legislative or policy-making body.
Yard Signs – We’ve Got Them
Contact Julia Vaughn to get your redistricting reform yard sign.
Join the Indiana Coalition for Independent Redistricting
coalition of twenty five organizations working for a fair and bipartisan redistricting process that ends the conflict of interest that exists when legislators draw the maps