A meeting in each of Indiana's nine districts will be conducted with the comments and reports to be shared with the Indiana General Assembly, according to Julia Vaughn, policy director of Common Cause Indiana and a leader of All IN for Democracy, an Indiana coalition for independent redistricting.

The Indiana Citizens Redistricting Commission includes nine people: three Republicans, three Democrats and three people who have no party affiliation who were selected by All IN for Democracy coalition. Nearly 300 Indiana residents applied for a seat as part of the commission, according to Vaughn. The purpose is to provide a nonpartisan group for determining how Indiana's various districts should be drawn, taking away partisan politics and the strong pull of the political party in power at the time.

"We encourage people to get engaged and stay engaged. This lays the groundwork for elections in our state for the next decade, so it's important to be involved in the process," Vaughn said.

This year those comments may be even more important than ever, Vaughn said, explaining that because results from 2020 U.S. census have been delayed by COVID-19 issues, the Indiana General Assembly will have to reconvene after its current session ends in late April in a special session to set the state's political districts.

"The fear is that their desire will be to get in and get out, without a lot of time for public comment," Vaughn said of the special session that will be called after the census data is available Sept. 30. "That's why it's so important for people to start talking about redistricting now."
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