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.
2021 REDISTRICTING IN INDIANA
REDISTRICTING AND RACIAL JUSTICE
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.
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.
- September 14 - Draft congressional and Indiana House maps posted online
- September 15 - House committee hearing
- September 16 - House committee hearing
- September 20 - House committee vote
- September 21 - Draft Indiana Senate maps posted
- September 23 - House vote
- September 27 - Senate committee hearing
- September 28 - Senate committee vote
- October 1 - Senate vote