End Gerrymandering

In the 2019 legislative session, three bills have been filed in the Senate and three in the House.  SB 91 and HB 1011 are closest to the independent commission goals of our Coalition.   Neither, however, has even been heard in committee, so it’s unlikely that they will be going anywhere.  Deadlines for completing action in their respective chambers (passing out of committee and passing 2nd and 3rd readings in the chamber) are February 25 and 26.  

Monday, February 25, 2019 Last day for 3rd reading of House bills in House
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 Last day for 3rd reading of Senate bills in Senate 

SB 105 would achieve part of our goals, but only by establishing redistricting standards. It does not address who will be responsible for drawing the lines, a crucial issue for reform.

Although SB 105, the redistricting standards bill, passed the Senate Elections Committee by a 5-2 vote on Monday, February 4th, it has been sitting on 2nd reading for more than a week.  Senator Greg Walker is still contemplating language for an amendment to improve transparency and public access to redistricting data and mapping software.  This amendment has to be added on 2nd reading and our coalition has been working with Senator Walker to craft language he is comfortable with. 

The delay, however, is allowing opponents to come up with additional reasons to criticize the bill.  The All IN for Democracy lobbying team has been busy talking to Senate members this week and has gotten more pushback this year than last.  In some areas of the state Republican party officials are urging their legislators to vote NO on SB105.  So, this means we really need to step up our grassroots pressure.  

ACTION ITEM

Legislators won’t act on this issue unless they hear from their constituents that redistricting reform is vital to the survival of our democracy! 

Contact them!  

If you have already sent your senator (Tim Lanane or Mike Gaskill) a message about SB 105, we need you to enlist your friends and family in the campaign.  Please share this link to your social media and email contacts and encourage them to send a message to their state senator:  
https://actionnetwork.org/letters/tell-the-indiana-senate-support-strong-redistricting-reform/?

Alternatively, call or email 

Senator Lanane, 317-232-9427,  s25@iga.in.gov  

Senator Gaskill, 800-382-9467, s36@iga.in.gov 

Suggested text:

As your constituent, I am urging you to support SB105, the redistricting standards bill.  

 

We must end gerrymandering in Indiana, and this bill is an important first step toward that goal.   I hope you will work with Common Cause IN and the League of Women Voters of IN redistricting coalition to make it stronger.  

 

We need a fair, impartial, and transparent process in place when redistricting takes place in 2021. Please do what you can to make that happen.

LEARN MORE

Two presentations focus on the issue and where we go from here.

“Redistricting Reform: What’s Next?” 

Presented by Linda Hanson, Spokesperson for LWVM-DC and LWVIN Board Director

WHEN: Saturday, 23 February, 10-11:30 AM

WHERE: Kennedy Library, Muncie 

 “How Gerrymandering Defines Indiana’s Education Policies” 

Presented by Dr. Jennifer McCormick, IN Superintendent of Public Instruction, and 

Julia Vaughn, Policy Director of Common Cause

WHEN: Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 7:00 PM until 8:30 PM 

WHERE: New Castle-Henry County Public Library auditorium, 376 South 15th Street, New Castle

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