Legislator-drawn districts deprive voters of choices

July 28, 2016

by Rachel Jenkins
Kokomo Tribune

In this election season, one detail that affects all voters has received little attention — but it needs to, especially for voters in Indiana. I’m speaking of the way lines are drawn to determine districts for various levels of government. Every 10 years, after the federal census is taken, lines are redrawn to reflect population shifts because, by law, districts must be roughly equal in population. Other considerations must be taken into account, which makes the process more difficult than just drawing boxes. Currently in Indiana, the political party in power at that time draws the lines. It is too tempting to draw them to favor your own party, and this has led to what is called “gerrymandering.”