INDIANAPOLIS (WTWO/WAWV) — The Indiana General Assembly on Friday approved the new congressional and state legislative district lines, concluding the General Assembly’s constitutional duty of redistricting.
Indiana is required by state and federal law to redraw Indiana’s Statehouse and congressional maps following the nationwide census every 10 years.
“We have said all along that we were committed to drawing fair maps in a transparent way, and I believe we have done that,” Senate President Pro Tem Rodric Bray (R-Martinsville) said. “We prioritized keeping communities of interest together and drawing districts that make sense for the Hoosiers who live there, while maintaining nearly equal populations in each district. I believe these maps reflect feedback from the public and will serve Hoosiers well for the next decade.”
Bray also added that the new maps do meet all state and federal requirements.
Here are the main takeaways from the maps:
- The Indiana House map increases the number of counties that are wholly contained within one House district from 26 to 32. There are 22 fewer township splits where a single township is represented by multiple House districts
- The Senate map increases the number of whole counties contained in one Senate district from 49 to 65, keeps 96% of all townships whole and keeps 92% of all cities and towns whole
- The Congressional map keeps 84 of Indiana’s 92 counties whole
House Enrolled Act 1581 now moves to Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb’s desk for consideration as a new law. If signed, these are the districts candidates will run in for the 2022 election.