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SOS > Media Center >  Press Releases > 2006 Press Releases > For Immediate Release: January 12, 2006 Rokita Praises Effort to Give Independent Commission Authority to Redraw District Maps

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Indianapolis, IN - Today, Secretary of State Todd Rokita announced his support of the legislative effort proposing to reassign the duty of drawing legislative districts from lawmakers to a bipartisan commission. The duty of redistricting ultimately falls to the party that controls the legislature after a United States Census is conducted once every decade.

"As the law stands right now, the party in power uses the responsibility of drawing district lines as an opportunity to protect their incumbents and maximize their political advantage," Rokita said. "I applaud the courage of the legislators who seek to move beyond this practice and create a chance to give Hoosier voters more competitive political races."

Rokita noted that the current bill is a good start toward eliminating the current gerrymandering that exists in Indiana and giving Hoosiers fair and accurate voting districts that truly represent their communities.

"Any move that encourages voter participation is welcome," Rokita said. "It has been shown that more competitive districts experience higher voter turnout."