To prevent this situation from reoccurring in future decades, we recommend that the General Assembly pass legislation that would
- Require the Indiana Department of Education and/or the state Elections Division to maintain public lists of local governments that are required to redistrict and the years in which they are required to do so.
- Direct the Elections Division to provide oversight of the local government redistricting process, including provisions for public notice of any failure to meet redistricting deadlines.
- Maintain an easily searchable database and GIS maps that would allow private citizens , journalists and other interested persons to determine whether local governments have met their redistricting obligations. No other group or individual should have to go to the time, effort and expense that we have had to go to in order to obtain this information.