FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 17, 2009
Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita issued the following statement today regarding the Indiana House Republicans’ legislative platform including redistricting reforms:
“I find it very promising that we now have representatives in both chambers expressing their commitments to redistricting reform. This tells me that they are hearing the message from Hoosiers that partisan redistricting is no longer acceptable. Representative Bosma and his caucus continue to be leaders in pushing for redistricting reform, and selfless leadership is what it will take. I find the House Republicans’ call for transparency and a minimal use of political data promising, however, the legally unnecessary and overly-tight restrictions on population deviation is what we have now and is one of the leading excuses partisans make for drawing odd, arbitrarily shaped districts that really end up benefitting themselves, not the people.
I look forward to this discussion in both chambers of our General Assembly in the New Year so that new criteria that put people before politics will be in place for redistricting in 2011.”
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