FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Members of the Indiana House and Senate Election committees held a public hearing at the downtown branch of the Allen County Public Library today to discuss the redistricting of Indiana's Congressional Districts.
In addition to members of the Indiana Legislature, dozens of concerned citizens from the Northeast Indiana area turned out as well.
The biggest concern voiced at today’s forum?
Ensuring that district lines are drawn fairly, without bias and with political blindness.
Former State Representative Bill Ruppel of North Manchester said that voters must remember that the politicians are responsible to the voters. He said, “The reason people need to be concerned about redistricting is your elected officials. They are responsible to you. They should not choose their voters. We should choose their districts.”
Robert Benjamin, a life-long republican also voiced concerns about fairness saying, “I think they should just look at the populations and draw the maps very compactly, without regards to who's voting and who's voting for whom.”
The deadline for the legislature to re-draw congressional districts is April 29th. It also serves as the deadline for the state’s budget. Neither has been able to pass as the result of the standoff with democrats. If neither is completed by the end-of-session deadline, a special session will have to be called by the Gov. Mitch Daniels.
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