Are legislative elections in Indiana really fair? We all have confidence that the election process itself is fair, that votes we cast are counted fairly and that access to the voting process is fair for all citizens. But does that mean that there is a fair process for arriving at the candidates for each party who are on the ballot? When 32 percent of the legislative races in 2012 and 51 percent of the legislative races in 2014 had no major party opposition in the general election, can we believe that our vote really counts?
These are some of the questions related to the way an individual political party draws boundaries for legislative and congressional districts (the redistricting process) every decade. The resulting districts determine elections, and how effectively the “will of the people” can be expressed in state government for at least the next decade.