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Concerned residents join "Gerry Meander"

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John Gibson
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Dozens of people walked through an Evansville neighborhood Monday evening to call for redistricting reform. WNIN’s John Gibson went along…

The 2.1 mile “Gerry Meander” followed a portion of the line between state representative districts 77 and 78.

On a map, it looks like a thumb – or peninsula -- sticking into another district.

Organizer Kathy Solecki told WNIN it’s time for gerrymeandering to stop.

(The districts should not be drawn to enhance a political party or candidate. They should be drawn to fairly represent the composition of the voters.)

District lines are decided by the party in power – currently the Republicans -- and inevitably they draw the lines to favor their party in elections.

Ann Ennis says it’s causing problems within her own party.

(As a moderate Republican, I feel very strongly that the Republican majority is a good thing but there’s a minority that holds the party captive.)

Democratic State Representative Ryan Hatfield says gerrymandering creates a lack of representation.

(Often times in Indiana, we have statewide elections that go 54-46 percent, but our House is 70-30 and our Senate is 41-9.) 

Ryan and other participants called for the creation of a bipartisan commission to draw district lines. They hope to get it done before the 2020 census.

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"Gerry Meander" participants walk along Columbia St. in Evansville