Once in a decade, Indiana redraws district lines based on data gathered in the Census.
Those new district lines determine our political voice, shaping our lives and our communities, for the next decade.
Using gerrymandering tactics, legislators manipulate voting district lines in ways that dilute the voting power of communities of color.
We need fair redistricting in Indiana to ensure that all voters are fairly represented – especially voters of color who continue to be targeted by suppressive voting laws.
When redistricting is conducted properly, district lines are redrawn to reflect population changes and racial diversity. In an effort to draw more fair districting maps, some states have tasked independent commissions with drafting the changes. But in Indiana, this consequential work falls to the legislators themselves.
Leaving this power in the hands of legislators has inevitably led to gerrymandering, no matter which party is in control. Gerrymandering substantially burdens voters’ fundamental rights, including their First Amendment right to associate for the advancement of political beliefs, to express political views, and to participate in the political process; their First and Fourteenth Amendment right to cast a meaningful vote; and their Fourteenth Amendment right to equal protection and treatment under the law.
The right to vote is a critical cornerstone of our democracy, and helping every voice be heard is a core tenet of the ACLU's civil liberties work. No matter who we are or where we come from, when it comes to having a say over who represents us, most of us want similar things. We want a transparent process we can trust, where communities remain whole and where voters have an equal voice.
Fair voting districts are fundamental to ensuring that every vote counts.
Throughout history, legislators have systematically attempted to weaken the influence of voters of color through suppressive voting efforts and biased redistricting. This year's redistricting process offers a once-in-a-decade opportunity to ensure that voters of color are equally empowered and to strengthen their voices in government.
Fair redistricting, which gives due power to voters of color, is also one critical way to fight structural racism in Indiana. When voters of color are equally empowered and fairly represented, their concerns are more likely to be heard and addressed.
- Lafayette: 10am-12pm, Friday Aug. 6th (Ivy Tech - Lafayette Campus - 3101 S Creasy Ln, Lafayette, IN)
- Valparaiso: 3-5pm CDT, Friday Aug. 6th (Ivy Tech - Valparaiso Campus - 3100 Ivy Tech Dr, Valparaiso, IN)
- Anderson: 10am-12pm, Friday Aug. 6th (Ivy Tech - Anderson Campus - 815 E. 60th Street, Anderson, IN)
- Columbus: 4-6pm, Friday Aug. 6th (Ivy Tech - Columbus Campus - 4475 Central Avenue, Columbus, IN)
- Fort Wayne: 10am-12pm, Saturday Aug. 7th (3800 N Anthony Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN)
- Elkhart: 4-6pm, Saturday Aug. 7th (Ivy Tech - Elkhart County Campus - 22531 County Road 18, Goshen, IN)
- Evansville: 9-11am CDT, Saturday Aug. 7th (Ivy Tech - Evansville Campus - 3501 N. First Avenue, Evansville, IN)
- Sellersburg: 4-6pm, Saturday Aug. 7th (Ivy Tech - Sellersburg Campus - 8204 County Road 311, Sellersburg, IN)
- Indianapolis: 1-3pm, Wednesday Aug. 11th (House Chamber - Indiana Statehouse)
What is redistricting?
Redistricting is the process of redrawing the lines of districts from which public officials are elected. It occurs every ten years.
What is gerrymandering?
Gerrymandering is when district boundaries are drawn to manipulate electoral outcomes.
What are the types of gerrymandering?
Political gerrymandering: In political gerrymandering, district lines are changed to predetermine the political outcome of elections, hindering voters from voicing their interests through their votes.
Racial gerrymandering: In racial gerrymandering, state legislatures attack the right to vote and dilute the influence of voters of color. One method involves “packing” communities of color into a small number of districts to weaken their voting power, when they would otherwise be an influential voting block across multiple districts. Districts can also be drawn to reduce the voting power of a minority group by “cracking” the community into several districts that are overwhelmingly white.
Why is redistricting important?
District lines determine whose voices are heard, shaping our lives and our communities for the next decade. Our democracy works best when all voters have fair representation.
How are districts drawn?
While some states task independent commissions to draw maps, this consequential work in Indiana falls to the legislators themselves. Besides requiring districts to be contiguous, there are few rules that dictate how maps can be drawn in Indiana. The governor has the power to veto maps drawn by legislators.