Introduced Version




Citations Affected: IC 2-1-9-13.

Synopsis: Legislative district guidelines. Establishes standards for drawing legislative districts.

Effective: July 1, 2010.

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    January 5, 2010, read first time and referred to Committee on Elections.


Second Regular Session 116th General Assembly (2010)

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    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning the general assembly.

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 similarities.
        (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 courts. (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

geographic boundaries.
        (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 precincts.
    (b) Districts may deviate from the standards stated in subsection (a) and may satisfy other factors when appropriate.