REDISTRICTING REFORM—What’s next?

Our coalition for redistricting reform, ALLIN4Democracy
(https://www.allinfordemocracy.org/) is reassessing direction now that the short legislative session is over and we have yet to see the promise of the 2015 legislative study committee come to fruition.  Legislators’ refusal to even bring reform bills to the floor of the House or Senate spotlights precisely our need for redistricting reform.

COVID-19 pandemic complicating issues

Concerns

  • for the safety of all voters, poll workers, and election workers
  • about access to secure balloting
  • about ensuring voter confidence in their ballots being counted
  • about misinformation and lack of information regarding absentee ballots

 

 

 

Gerrymandering gave us a supermajority of legislators who need not listen to the voices of constituents nor even, obviously, to the recommendations of their own study committee. In the short session we reduced our goals and advocated just for standards (SB 87) and procedures (SB 293) that would have made the process transparent, established criteria, and assured public input in the map-drawing process.   

So where do we go from here? 

Redistricting reform is about voter representation, a central concern for the League.  Our current COVID-19 environment demands that we expand our focus to ensure all voters have access to a safe and secure election process with verifiable results.  

We are collaborating with some of our same partners (Common Cause Indiana and Indiana Vote by Mail) to clarify procedures for absentee voting by mail in the primary and advocating for streamlining that process in November. We are advocating for everyone to fill in the census to provide us an accurate count for redistricting.  And we are planning expanded voter education around the importance of every vote in November as we select the legislators who will finally be drawing the new district lines when census data is returned to the state in 2021. 

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE INVOLVED IN ANY PART OF THAT EFFORT, PLEASE CONTACT  spokesperson@lwvmunciedelaware.org

 

 

 

Linda Hanson

A retired English professor at Ball State University, Linda Hanson has devoted much of her time in recent years to the League of Women Voters of Muncie-Delaware County where she serves as our Spokesperson. Linda joined the board for the League of Women Voters of Indiana in 2018. We are very proud to have one of our own serving on the state board.