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Voters are Misrepresented
- When districts are lopsided from a partisan perspective, it creates polarization, with candidates appealing to the fringes, instead of the middle. Compromise becomes a dirty word; there is no reward for consensus building.
- In 2012, Democratic candidates received a total of 999,219 votes (42.7%), Republicans received 1,342,237 votes (53.7%). But Republicans held a 69% majority, which has climbed to 70% currently.
- In 2017, Republicans are still overrepresented in the Indiana State House
Low Voter Participation and Turnout
The current redistricting process leads to uncompetitive districts and no competition leads to low voter turnout.
- More than one third (54) of Indiana General Assembly races were unopposed in the general election
- Indiana had the lowest voter turnout (28%) in America & worst turnout in 72 years
- 48% of likely U.S. Voters said American elections are not fair to voters
Communities are Divided
When legislative districts are drawn from a partisan perspective rather than based on communities of interest, like cities and counties, school districts, neighborhoods and minority groups, communities are often divided. This makes it difficult for them to make themselves heard, sometimes leading to their interests being ignored or under-served.