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A bill changing the guidelines for redistricting has moved out of Senate committee

January 11, 2010

The changes call for districts to be drawn in compact simple shapes that also preserve traditional neighborhoods as well as cultural and socioeconomic groups. What it does not include is the avenue for constitutional change to create a commission to oversee the process.

Senator Tim Lanane says he can’t support the law without that independent oversight.

Indiana Election Division spokeswoman Leslie Barnes says a recent study out of Stanford University and the University of Michigan shows there can be trouble with the proposed new standards.

“They ran the simulated election based upon community of interest and compactness. The Republican party won 58 to 68 percent of the congressional and legislative races. The authors concluded that one party did benefit from a substantial electoral bias.”

Most agree that the bill offers some improvement, but the final tally still fell along party lines with Republicans winning the vote.

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