SENATE BILL No. 80
DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Citations Affected: IC 2-1-9-13.
Synopsis: Legislative district guidelines. Establishes standards for
drawing legislative districts.
Effective: July 1, 2010.
January 5, 2010, read first time and referred to Committee on Elections.
Second Regular Session 116th General Assembly (2010)
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SENATE BILL No. 80
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning the
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:
SOURCE: IC 2-1-9-13; (10)IN0080.1.1. -->
SECTION 1. IC 2-1-9-13 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE
AS A NEW
SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY
1, 2010]: Sec. 13. (a) Legislative districts established under this
article must satisfy the following standards:
(1) Districts must preserve traditional neighborhoods.
(2) Districts must preserve local communities of interest based
upon cultural, ethnic, geographic, and socioeconomic
(3) Districts must protect minority voting rights consistent
with the United States Constitution and the Constitution of
the State of Indiana, as interpreted by the federal and Indiana
(4) Districts must be compact, particularly where population
density is greatest, to avoid dividing communities of interest.
(5) Districts must have simple shapes. However, rational and
logical deviations may occur in a district's boundaries to
follow a political subdivision's boundaries or to follow natural
(6) Districts must respect county boundary lines. However, a
district boundary may cross a county boundary to preserve
economic, social, and geographic populations and to
approximate the ideal population of the district as closely as
possible. The number of counties used to comprise a district
should be kept to a minimum, and the counties within a
district should be as contiguous as possible.
(7) To prevent division of communities of interest, prevent
voter confusion, and minimize administrative costs of
elections, districts must, when practicable, not divide
(b) Districts may deviate from the standards stated in subsection
(a) and may satisfy other factors when appropriate.