(Indianapolis, Ind.) - Democrats in the Indiana House are not happy with the redistricting maps approved by the chamber Wednesday.
The proposed redistricting maps for new state House and Congressional districts passed the House on a 61-36 vote, with only one Democrat voting with majority Republicans.
Democrats are especially upset about nine new districts with no incumbents while several of them will have to run against each other in the new layout.
One of the proposed districts including two incumbents is House District 68 which will include the home addresses of Republicans Jud McMillin of Brookville and Tom Knollman of Liberty.
The proposed Congressional map moves Dearborn, Ripley, Ohio, and Switzerland counties all completely into the Sixth District and shifts the Ninth District to cover much of south central Indiana.
House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) said the creation of the new districts was done fairly but admits they do favor Republicans.
“We anticipate that many of the open districts that were created will end up being represented by Republicans,” Bosma said.
The speaker contends the re-mapping is not political; adding most of the growth in Indiana over the past decade has been in heavily-Republican areas.
Vernon Smith (D-Gary) expressed his disappointment on the House floor.
“This whole situation needs to be challenged,” Smith said.
Indiana’s GOP-controlled Senate also passed its redistricting plan for Senate and Congresssional districts on a party line vote Wednesday.
Each proposal now crosses the hall at the Statehouse, where they are expected to face little opposition next week.