Local groups discuss putting the power of gerrymandering in hands of public

Local groups discuss putting the power of gerrymandering in hands of public

Posted: Sep 9, 2019 12:00 AM
Updated: Sep 9, 2019 12:00 AM

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of the fire with cass county officials. 3 a state and a local activist group are pushing to put the power of gerrymandering in new hands.the league of women voters of greater lafayette and common cause indiana held a public information meeting today about their plans.news 18's micah upshaw has the story. 3<julia: we've got one short session left.micah: the league of woman voters of greater lafayette and common cause indiana are working to fix gerrymandering in the state -- but they say they're running out of time.julia: we've been working to pass a bill that would give this process to a bipartisan team of citizens instead of legislators.micah: right now, the general assembly holds the power of redistricting.common cause policy director julia vaughn says its unfair since those members benefit from having certain voters in their district.julia: the biggest problem with redistricting, when you give the job to self- interested politicians, it doesn't matter whether they're republican or democrat they're going to use the system to enhance their chances to get their candidates elected. micah: both activist groups are interested in creating what they call a tri-partisan group with members of all political parties working together to redistrict.but there's only one legislative session left for state officials to vote on whether they will hand the power over. julia: it's a short session, we only have 30 days to get this done, it's a big complicated issue with a very short time frame to get the work done so we got to hit the ground running.micah: the organizations say it's up to constituents to be proactive and reach out to state officials before the next session.state representative sheila klinker agrees.sheila: even though i like my district, i'm certainly open to a change if it's the right thing to do and if the constituents want it.micah: klinker says she's benefited from gerrymandering but her vote is with giving the redistrciting power to a bipartisan group.shiela: it's sufficient to say that i'd like the league of women voters to be drawing the districts along with common cause and other folks that will sincerely look at our districts and say that this is the way it ought to be to be fair.micah: the state and congressional redistricting will happen in 2021.in west lafayette, micah upshaw news 18.> 3
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