Letter to the Evansville C&P Editor: KEEP REDISTRICTING HOPES ALIVE
plan to continue to fight for an Independent, nonpartisan Redistricting Commission in Indiana and to make the 2018 session
of the Indiana legislature a referendum on redistricting reform.
Many districts around the state are non-competitive.
Often our citizens do not have a true choice of candidates, either within or between parties.
In Indiana The League
of Women Voters, Common Cause, Hoosier Environmental Council, Citizens Action Coalition, Enterprise Republicans, Women 4 Change,
Friends Committee on Legislation, and others, are committed to helping ensure that redistricting is done in a non-partisan,
fair, and transparent way. In addition to the cities and counties in Indiana that have passed resolutions endorsing
redistricting reform, the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce recently endorsed the resolution for redistricting reform.
House Bill 1014 was the redistricting reform bill (co-sponsored by Speaker Brian Bosma (R) and Rep. Jerry Torr (R) that followed
recommendations of the Special Interim Study Committee on Redistricting Reform which met during 2016. As reported in
a Courier Press article 2-20-17, HB1014 was heard in committee on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 but not brought to the floor
for a vote. What is encouraging is that a committee member who had been unsure about the bill indicated that the great
citizen support he witnessed led to a decision to support it, had a vote been held. Were others willing to support the
bill also? We have been deprived of knowing how OUR representatives would have voted.
We encourage you to stay
informed and to talk with both your Indiana House and Senate legislators to encourage their support for legislation establishing
a nonpartisan redistricting commission during the 2018 legislative session.
from Meg Connolly, Chairperson of the
Redistricting Committee of the League of Women Voters of Southwestern Indiana