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Study finds Indiana one of the worst states for gerrymandering

“[Other] states have addressed the issue of gerrymandering by establishing nonpartisan redistricting commissions.”

Aug. 21, 2014

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Indiana General Assembly races were unopposed in 2014.

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leave the politics behind!

The Problem


Politicians pick you,
not the other way around.

More often than not, the outcomes of our elections have been virtually
predetermined – before the first votes are cast.

How’s this possible? Gerrymandering: the cynical slicing and dicing of our cities, towns and counties to ensure that one political party nearly always beats the other.

It’s the politicians’ greatest perk – the unseen backroom manipulation of legislative districts to ensure the politicians get reelected over and over again. How else can we explain their repeated victories even when the vast majority of voters think they’re doing terrible jobs?

Elections are rigged.

When the “fix is in” the politicians may win, but the people lose. This corrupt process produces a US House of Representatives in Washington and a legislature in Indianapolis that do not represent the opinions and values of ALL Hoosiers.

There are no longer checks and balances against the ideological extremes. Good people no longer want to run for office when the deck is so obviously stacked against them. Even worse, ordinary Hoosiers have nearly given up completely, no longer even bothering to vote!

In 2014, Indiana had the lowest voter turnout in America — only 28%!

Democrats and Republicans are both responsible for this mess – and both must commit themselves now to fix our broken politics.

The good news: there’s a proven way to set things straight. It’s as simple as getting the politics out.

Let’s make it illegal for any and all political considerations to be used when designing legislative districts. No past election results. No voter registration information. Not even the home addresses of incumbent politicians.

We’ll just look at population. We’ll work to keep cities, towns and counties intact – and like-minded neighborhoods together.

We’ll take back our government, getting representatives in Washington and Indianapolis who truly reflect all of us.

Iowa has done it this way since 1980 and it’s worked beautifully, consistently providing the most competitive elections in the country. Iowa’s legislature looks and sounds like Iowans – and people must reach across the political aisle to get things done.

Let’s call the Indiana version The No Politics Plan because that’s exactly what it is. Gone will be the cynical and corrupt politics – and in will come a democracy back in control of the people of our state.

Our greatest right as Americans is the right to choose our representatives. The politicians have stolen this right from us – and we’ve allowed them to get away with it.

No more. It’s time to take back our greatest right.

It’s time to tell the politicians to lead or leave.

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State of Indiana - Red State

INDIANA

Obama v. Romney (2012)

44%
54%

Indiana Members of the U.S. House (2014)

2 D
7 Republicans

State Senate (2014)

10 D
40 Republicans

State House of Representatives (2014)

29 D
71 Republicans

Hoosiers’ representation in Washington and Indianapolis is out of whack. Just compare our statewide baseline presidential vote and the political make-up of our delegations to the US House and the Indiana House and Senate.

The bottom line: 80% of Hoosiers don’t belong to one political party. Cynical manipulation of maps created a government that does not accurately represent Indiana.


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The Solution
The No Politics Plan

  • After extensive and transparent public input, districts are drawn by the Legislative Service Agency and approved by the General Assembly and/or an independent commission.

  • Common Sense Criteria:
    • Population: one person, one vote
    • Respect For Boundaries: towns, cities, and counties should be divided as little as possible
    • Compactness: districts should keep communities together

  • Cannot use voter registration data, incumbents' addresses, previous election results or demographic data outside of census headcounts. Every effort should be made to ensure the population deviation percentage range does not exceed 2-3%. Districts must be designed to ensure the state is in full compliance with the Voting Rights Act.
State of Iowa - Red State

IOWA

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*Utilizes Approach Like The No Politics Plan

Obama v. Romney (2012)

52%
46%

State Senate (2012)

26 Democrats
24 Republicans

State House of Representatives (2012)

47 Democrats
53 Republicans

Since 1980, Iowa has used a redistricting approach that makes it illegal to design districts based on political considerations. Only population can be considered – and city, town and county boundaries are respected.

The result is an Iowa legislature that looks like Iowa. Where no political party always has its way – and politicians must work across the aisle to get things done.


Get The Politics Out !
Learn what a difference it can make.


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United States
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Lead or Leave - The No Politics Plan - US House of Representatives
2011 Indiana districting for U.S. House of Representatives Lead or Leave plan of districting for U.S. House of Representatives
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Indiana Congressional Districts Comparison

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Split County Boundaries:

9 Counties Divided Solely For Political Purposes


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Lead or Leave - The No Politics Plan - Indiana State Senate
2011 Indiana districting for U.S. House of Representatives Lead or Leave plan of districting for U.S. House of Representatives
Allen County - Fort Wayne

Allen County - Fort Wayne

Lafayette and West Lafayette

Lafayette, West Lafayette

Lake County and Porter County

Lake Co. and Porter Co.

Marion County - Indianapolis

Marion County - Indianapolis

St.Joseph County - South Bend

St.Joseph Co. - South Bend

Vanderburg County - Evansville

Vanderburg Co. - Evansville

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Indiana State Senate Comparison

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Indiana
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Lead or Leave - The No Politics Plan - Indiana House of Representatives
2011 Indiana districting for U.S. House of Representatives Lead or Leave plan of districting for U.S. House of Representatives
Allen County - Fort Wayne

Allen County - Fort Wayne

Lafayette and West Lafayette

Lafayette, West Lafayette

Lake County and Porter County

Lake Co. and Porter Co.

Marion County - Indianapolis

Marion County - Indianapolis

St.Joseph County - South Bend

St.Joseph Co. - South Bend

Vanderburg County - Evansville

Vanderburg Co. - Evansville

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Indiana State House Comparison

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(MONEY + MEDIA)
x MAPS

=MAYHEM

Unlimited, unregulated campaign spending launched by special interests. Investigative reporting replaced by “infotainment” incapable of holding government accountable. Technology-driven map-making that surgically divides communities for political gain. This isn’t your grandfather’s gerrymandering anymore.

Do the math. Voters think it equates to mayhem. No wonder they’ve given up.

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