|Attorney David Brooks|
Both Council President Ryan Vaughn and Brooks claim that extensive reprecincting needed to be done because the legislature went by census tracks rather than precinct lines when crafting new maps for the state legislature and Congress. The suggestion is that there were numerous split precincts.
The problem with that claim is that it simply is not true.
The bills that established state senate districts list the contents of the districts by precinct as do the state house districts. The senate districts and the house districts have now been codified. Only the congressional districts involve a few situations where census tracks are cited instead of precinct lines. Even then it appears that just one precinct in Marion County had to be tweaked to comply with the legislative mandate that voters in a precinct not be split between districts.
Why would there be extensive tweaking done to the precincts since there was no legal requirement that they do so? The only reason is to try to secure an advantage in the newly drawn council district maps. Precincts were being strategically divided by Brooks' to give Republicans an edge. What is overlooked is the turmoil that Brooks' reprecincting will cause for the Clerks' office and voters as they struggle to figure out the new precincts.
It is sad that Brooks and Vaughn are blaming the legislature for their actions when in fact they're doing nothing more than slicing and dicing precincts as part of an elaborate gerrymandering scheme to help out the Republican Party in the 2015 council election.
See also: Had Enough Indy's commentary on this subject.