SCOTUS Decision Leaves Door Open for Hoosier Redistricting Reform

Jul 1, 2015

Indiana's current congressional districts, drawn after the 2010 census.
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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled this week that an independent redistricting commission in Arizona is, in fact, legal.

The decision opens the door for other states to explore such commissions in an effort to fight gerrymandering. (For a great explanation of gerrymandering, check out this Washington Post article from March.)

Earlier this year, the Indiana General Assembly decided to create a study committee on the issue of redistricting reform.

To talk more about what all this means, we invited Andrew Downs from the Mike Downs Center for Indiana politics to talk about the decision, and what the future of redistricting might look like in the Hoosier State.

WBOI’s Sean Bueter started by asking Downs about the difference between Indiana’s partisan redistricting system and an independent commission.