SJR 13
Background and Procedural Information

On January 8, 2008 Indiana Democratic Senator Vi Simpson introduced Indiana Senate Joint Resolution 13 (IN S.J.R. 13).  As of June 5, 2008 the resolution has not moved to a committee.  

Under the proposed legislation, are single-member districts a requirement or otherwise implied?

No.  Single-member districts are neither required not otherwise implied.   

Does the proposed legislation provide for Voting Rights Act compliance (e.g. can the commission use voter history information)?

The proposed legislation would forbid Party registration and voting history data in map drawing but would allow it to be used to test maps for compliance with federal and constitutional laws including the Voting Rights Act.

Under the proposed legislation, how is the commission formed?

The Indiana Judicial Council will call for nominations from interested citizens of Indiana.  The court will select ten nominees from the largest party, ten nominees from the second largest party and five from neither of those parties.  The Indiana legislative leadership including the Speaker of the House, House Minority Leader, President Pro Tem of the Senate, Senate Majority Leader will each select one member to serve on the commission.  These four commissioners will then select the fifth member of the commission who will also serve as chairman.  They will choose this commissioner from the pool of five nominees who are not members of the two largest political parties in the state.  The Commissioners will approve plans for Congressional and General Assembly districts.
Under the proposed legislation, are competitive districts favored?

Yes.  The commission is required to use eight factors to create the districts.  Fostering competition is one of these eight priorities.    

Under the proposed legislation, can members of the public submit plans?

No.  The public may give comment for a thirty-day period after the initial plan is proposed.   

Does the proposed legislation allow for mid-decade redistricting?

No.  Redistricting may only be performed in years ending in one unless a court order demands redistricting or the number of Congressional or legislative districts is changed.  
May 14th 2008
Is the House of Representatives Too Small?

The U.S. House of Representatives has been at 435 members since 1911, when the country was a third of its current population. Research suggests that districts may now be getting too big for adequate representation.

November 15th 2006
Redistricting Reconsidered
Washington Post

Citing FairVote's Dubious Democracy 2006, an editorial notes that non-competition in U.S. House races has causes more fundamental than gerrymandering.

November 1st 2006
Lines of demarcation
Dallas-Fort Worth Star-Telegram

FairVote research cited in this commentary on lopsided redistricting, uncompetitive districts and the party primary battles they inspire.

October 30th 2006
Electile Dysfunction?
News Release Wire

Former FairVote President Matthew Cossolotto calls for a range of reforms, highlighting two problems of American democracy: "counting the votes" and "making votes count."

August 19th 2006
Eliminate districts
Contra Costa Times

CA resident calls for proportional voting in one statewide district as a congressional redistricting reform.

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