The Impact of Redistricting on Hoosier Elections

By Scott Sarvay

November 9, 2012 Updated Oct 21, 2013 at 3:47 PM EDT

Fort Wayne, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) - Every ten years states are redistricted to account for changes in population based off census data.

According to the Hoosier state constitution that task falls to the Indiana General Assembly and the party in power to make those new maps.

For the last two years, Republicans have controlled both chambers and that means new districts have favored them.

That was evident last Tuesday as the GOP dominated legislative elections.

Bills proposing the adoption of independent commissions to redraw those lines have been drafted as recently as 2011 but haven't gained traction.

Long-time Democratic legislator Win Moses was one of the state representatives ousted from his spot.

He says redistricting, while not the only reason for his loss, did play a role.

Former State Representative, Moses (D) said, “There were probably three or four things that influenced it. One was the new district which has a much heavier proportion of Republicans, so I started somewhat in the hole."

Many point out that demographic changes also made swing districts more conservative, with 21 of the 30 districts previously controlled by Democrats losing population.

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