Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Whatever Happened to the Council Redistricting Plan? (With Update)

Remember that crazy plan the Republican majority leadership on the Council had to redistrict before the 2011 elections using old census data?

Indiana law prohibits redistricting within a year of the municipal elections. Since the 2010 census data wouldn't be available in time to do it before entering that one year window, the plan was to use old data to redo the districts before November 2010 for the 2011 election. The law would of course require the districts to be redone once again after the 2010 census data came out. The plan was to spend $290,000 in 2010 to redistrict before the year window, then spend $290,000 in 2011 to redistrict for the 2015 election using the 2010 census data.

It's hard not to overlook spending the ridiculous notiont that redistricting should cost $580,000, far more than larger legislative bodies spend to redistrict. This though is Indianapolis. You have to pay off the big law firms and political consultants. That's how you get to $580,000.

The plan would have been nothing more than a naked power grab. Hopefully cooler heads have prevailed.

Update: Apparently cooler heads have prevailed. I was told by a reliable source that the pre-2011 redistricting plan based on old census information has been dropped.

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