Resolution #2: Advocating for Non-Partisan Redistricting in Indiana

WHEREAS, fairly drawn congressional and state legislative districts are critical to having a well­ functioning democracy; and,

WHEREAS, allowing the party in power to gerrymander congressional and state legislative districts that will be in effect for the next ten years interfering with the intent of the democratic process; and,

WHEREAS, as a result of partisan redistricting Indiana has no competitive Congressional seats and only a handful of competitive state legislative seats; and,

WHEREAS, Indiana consistently has one of the lowest voter turnout in the nation; and,

WHEREAS, competitive elections lead to higher voter turnout, which ought to be a goal in any democracy; and,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Indiana State AFL-CIO calls for and will fully support legislation to create a non-partisan independent congressional and state legislative redistricting commission that excludes partisan considerations from the process; and,

AND, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Indiana State AFL-CIO will work towards the goal to have such a system in place and functioning by the time of the redistricting that will occur as a result of the 2020 census.

Submitted by: Tony Flora, Vice President, Indiana State AFL-CIO, NALC