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Redistricting Reform Group Creates Map Drawing Contest, With Monetary Prizes

(Lauren Chapman/IPB News)

Hoosiers have a chance to win money for drawing “fair” legislative district maps. It’s part of a contest by the redistricting reform advocacy group All IN For Democracy.

The group argues that the current map-making process – in which state lawmakers draw the lines – produces districts that unfairly favor the majority party.

This year, reform advocates want to provide alternative maps, drawn by people outside the legislative process. And to help generate those, All IN For Democracy will give the Hoosier who submits the “fairest” state House district map $3,000. The winning state Senate map gets $2,000, and $1,000 goes to the best Congressional map.

READ MORE: Hoosiers Call For Fair, Transparent, Competitive Legislative Districts At Statehouse Hearing

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But what, exactly, constitutes “fair?” The group said its judging will be based on how well the maps keep cities and counties whole, whether they unfairly advantage one political party, and how well they keep together “communities of interest,” which it defines as “groups of people in a concentrated geographic area who share similar interests, concerns, or priorities that need a voice in government.”

Maps for the contest are due by the end of the day, Sept. 13. Full judging criteria and details on how to enter can be found here.

Lawmakers are expected back at the Statehouse Sept. 20 to begin the formal legislative redistricting process.

Contact reporter Brandon at bsmith@ipbs.org or follow him on Twitter at @brandonjsmith5.