Acorn, Redistricting and Indiana Investment Watch; Todd Rokita Weighs In

By Ryan Elijah

June 18, 2010 Updated Oct 12, 2009 at 12:34 PM EDT

While the Secretary's office is behind "Indiana Investment Watch," it's Todd Rokita's call for change in the state's redistricting laws that have recently made waves.
When the census comes out every 10-years, it's inevitable that the population will shift and Rokita says there are no guidelines for the Legislature to draw new boundary lines to make sure every district has the same number of residents.
He claims that in the past, legislators have protected their own interests and not the interests of voters.
Todd Rokita said, "when you draw lines based on that and not putting the people first you get these lines of arbitrary confused voters. It's hard to even determine who your Representative is or your Senator because they don't respect known community boundaries like townships and counties"
Rokita's view is not shared by some in the Legislature, including Senate President Pro-Tem David Long. Both agree the process should be more transparent, but Long feels the Secretary is overstepping his office. If you would like more information on Money Smart Week or Indiana Investment Watch, click on "newslinks"




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