July 22, 2021

Lawmakers Announce Statewide Hearings For Redistricting Feedback

The Indiana Statehouse - Brandon Smith/IPB News

The Indiana Statehouse

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Mitch Legan

Hoosier lawmakers will host meetings across the state in early August to solicit public feedback on the state’s redistricting process. 

The U.S. Constitution requires states redraw district lines for the U.S. House of Representatives, state senates and state houses of representatives, by using population data collected in the decennial census. 

The meetings, in each of the state’s nine congressional districts, will be grouped geographically. The meetings will be held on Aug. 6, 7 and 11:

  • North – Friday, Aug. 6 and Saturday, Aug. 7 at the following Ivy Tech campuses:
    Lafayette: 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Aug. 6 
    Valparaiso: 3-5 p.m. CDT Friday, Aug. 6 
    Fort Wayne: 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 7
    Elkhart: 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7 
     
  • South – Friday, Aug. 6 and Saturday, Aug. 7 at the following Ivy Tech campuses:
    Anderson: 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Aug. 6
    Columbus: 4-6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 6 
    Evansville: 9-11 a.m. CDT Saturday, Aug. 7 
    Sellersburg: 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7
     
  • Central – Wednesday, Aug. 11 at the Statehouse:
    Indianapolis: 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 11 in the House Chamber at the Indiana Statehouse

Rep. Tim Wesco (R-Osceola) will run the meetings in the north part of the state. Sen. Jon Ford (R-Terre Haute) will run the southern meetings. 

Wesco chairs the House Committee on Elections and Apportionment, while Ford chairs the same committee in the Senate. Both Wesco and Ford are expected to head the meeting in Indianapolis together.

“Public input on redistricting is extremely important to the map-drawing process,” Ford said in a news release. “We look forward to hearing from Hoosiers from all over Indiana during these meetings.”

Those in attendance likely won’t be looking at new maps, though.

The coronavirus pandemic delayed collection of census data, and the Census Bureau says they’ll be available by Aug. 16. Maps are not expected until early September – well after the hearings. 

The state will launch a web page in late August to allow Hoosiers to draw and submit their own maps for consideration.

Those who are unable to attend the meetings will be able to livestream them on the General Assembly website.

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