Northwest Indiana lawmakers invite constituents to weigh in on Indiana’s redistricting process during upcoming public meetings.
“Public input is important for an open and transparent redistricting process,” said State Rep. Michael Aylesworth (R-Hebron). “I hope Hoosiers in our communities will be able to attend a meeting and get involved.”
Indiana is required to redraw its districts for the U.S. House of Representatives, the Indiana House of Representatives and Indiana Senate following the nationwide census every 10 years. Before legislators are expected to return to the Statehouse in mid-to-late September to redraw the district boundaries, public meetings will be held in each of Indiana’s nine congressional districts.
“These meetings are a great opportunity for Hoosiers to learn more about the process of redrawing district boundaries, said State Rep. Julie Olthoff (R-Crown Point). “I encourage local residents to attend to stay informed on what’s happening in their community and state, and share their input on the process.”
Olthoff said while Hoosiers can attend any of the nine public meetings in early August, the following are located nearest to Lake and Porter counties:
· Lafayette | 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Aug. 6at the Ivy Tech campus;
· Valparaiso | 3-5 p.m. CDT Friday, Aug. 6at the Ivy Tech campus; and
· Elkhart | 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7 at the Ivy Tech campus.
“Hearing from local residents and getting their perspective on redistricting in our state is important,” said State Rep. Hal Slager (R-Schererville). “The Hoosiers we represent should have their voices heard and these meetings are an opportunity for them to share their thoughts on the process.”
Campus meeting room information will be updated on the Indiana General Assembly’s website at iga.in.gov as it becomes available. Meetings will be livestreamed and archived at iga.in.gov. Visit IndianaHouseRepublicans.com to view the complete list of meeting dates and locations.
Census data is delayed due to the pandemic, but is expected to arrive on Aug. 16. Members of the public can also draw and submit their own maps for consideration by using an online portal with mapping software, which will be launched in late August.