A new independent research released this week found that Indiana’s current electoral maps are more tilted in favor of one party than 95% of all the maps enacted in the United States over the last 50 years, and Indiana’s bias is worse than those of its neighboring states of Kentucky, Ohio and Illinois.

Women4Change Indiana, a nonpartisan organization, commissioned the study.

Among other things, the research found these highlights.

  • Indiana’s maps dilute minority party votes by packing Democratic voters into a few heavily Democratic districts, leading to Democrats holding a disproportionately small number of seats.
  • The maps eliminate many competitive districts, which would otherwise elect moderate representatives.
  • The maps are not responsive to changes in voter sentiment.
  • Indiana’s geography did not cause these unfair maps. The map-drawers did.

You can hear the conversation with Martha Lamkin of Women4Change regarding the study in the Leon-Tailored Audio above.  It runs for about 18 minutes.