House Republicans Reject Proposal for Non-Partisan Redistricting, Drawing Criticism from Democrats for Clinging to Power

Written from press release

INDIANAPOLIS – In a contentious session on Feb. 19, State Rep. Matt Pierce (D-Bloomington) proposed an amendment aimed at establishing a two-year task force to pave the way for non-partisan redistricting. However, House Republicans thwarted the amendment with a decisive vote of 67 to 28.

Pierce, a vocal advocate for electoral reform, argued that the rejection of the amendment underscored the GOP’s desire to maintain control through partisan redistricting.

“Republicans are clinging to the power that partisan redistricting gives them,” Pierce asserted. “The current redistricting process is inherently flawed. Elected officials, including legislators, have an inherent conflict of interest when they draw their own districts. Partisan redistricting makes general elections largely irrelevant, shifting control of elections to the most partisan primary voters. This results in a General Assembly that does not reflect the views of a majority of Hoosiers. It’s time to return the power to choose our elected officials to the people.”

Highlighting the impact of partisan redistricting on voter engagement, Pierce pointed to Indiana’s dismal ranking in the 2022 election.

“In the 2022 election, Indiana ranked 50th for voter turnout in the United States,” Pierce noted. “Perhaps Indiana voters don’t vote because the Republican-drawn maps allow for little to no competition in our elections. My amendment would have made many more elections competitive, giving people more reasons to participate in our democracy.”

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