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EARLY VOTING APRIL 10-MAY 5
ELECTION DAY MAY 8
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SB 326, the bill on redistricting standards, passed in the Indiana State Senate in January but failed to get a hearing in the House Elections Committee. Committee Chairman Milo Smith claimed that Indiana must wait to move on this modest reform effort until the U.S. Supreme Court hands down its decision in the Wisconsin partisan gerrymandering and his illogical excuse was backed up by the Speaker of the House. Both legislators are simply making excuses - if anything all the recent legal activity surrounding partisan gerrymandering should spur Indiana to act - because the states that aren't getting sued are the ones with citizens redistricting commissions.
Though disappointing we can take some comfort that this bill was passed in the Senate. In addition, Senate Concurrent Resolution 30 (CR 30) was signed and calls for a summer study to examine redistricting issues, including implications from the U.S. Supreme Court case. The study committee will be a useful tool to organize around and help us continue to keep pressure on state lawmakers.
To be successful in 2019 we need to make redistricting reform one of the top issues in state legislative campaigns this fall. We'll be working on a candidate survey and we'll need everyone's help in getting candidates to respond. So stay tuned, our coalition will be meeting soon after the session adjourns to regroup and formulate a plan for moving forward.
You can help by writing a letter to the editor about the demise of SB326 and challenging lawmakers to take a stand against partisan gerrymandering.
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DIRECTORY OF GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
The Greater Lafayette League of Women Voters 2017 Directory of Government Officials is available online. This publication contains contact information for elected and appointed officials and commissions for Tippecanoe County, Lafayette, West Lafayette, Battle Ground, Clarks Hill, Dayton and Shadeland. Copies of the directory are available in many community locations.