Local Government Redistricting: The Forgotten Mandate

stick figure presenter meeting image 500 clrRedistricting of state legislatures and the US House of Representatives is a high-profile, high-stakes process that every state engages in the year after the decennial census.  What many people in Indiana—including many government officials—do not realize is that most local governments are also required by Indiana state law and the Equal Protection Clause of the US Constitution to redistrict.  In the case of county councils and certain types of school boards in Indiana, that process had to be completed by the end of 2011. 

We have found that a majority of county councils in Indiana either failed to redistrict in 2011, or failed to draw districts that are nearly equal in population, compact, and consist of whole precincts—all of which are required by law.  Our preliminary conclusion is that many school boards that were required to redistrict in 2011 also failed to do so, or did so improperly. 

Special Thanks

We would like to give a special thank you to the following individuals for their help in this project:

Beth Wilkerson - GIS Specialist

Greg Screws - GIS Intern

Rob Crawley - DPU Printing Services

Joe Smith - DPU Printing Services

Kelsey Kauffman - Program Advisor

Shelby Bremer - Student Intern

Richard Walsh - Student Intern