How was the voting turnout in Indiana’s last midterm election in 2014? It turns out that Indiana’s voter participation rate was the lowest in the entire country four years ago with just one of every four eligible voters in Indiana actually showing up to the polls. The Indiana Senate Democrats know that by strengthening the power of your vote – by giving Hoosiers an equal opportunity to share their voice – we can make Indiana more representative of the people that live here. These are the policies that we will fight for once again in 2019 to put the power back in your vote:

  1. End political gerrymandering

Political gerrymandering affects voters directly and can strongly influence whomever will end up representing them. For decades, the Indiana Republican supermajority has redrawn state legislative Senate maps to increase the scope of their districts while diminishing the influence of candidates from other parties. To combat this issue, Senate Democrats will once again propose the creation of an independent redistricting commission to redraw Indiana legislative districts, thus attempting to remove the influence of politics from the redistricting process. This way, voters will choose their legislators, not the other way around.

  1. Increase access to voting

Another priority for the Indiana Senate Democratic Caucus in 2019 is to increase access to voting centers. In 2018,  Senate Democrats increased the number of polling locations in Marion County. Senate Democrats will continue to push for two other proposals that would increase ballot access for all registered voters. One would allow any registered voter the ability to request a ballot in the mail without having to provide an excuse. This bill would be an extension of policy that currently exists for only some voters in Indiana. The second proposal would extend voting hours across the state. In order to allow voters an opportunity to get to a polling location before they close, this new policy would allow Indiana counties to keep polls open from 6 a.m. to either 7 or 8 p.m. Imagine how voter turnout could increase with more available hours to be able to cast a ballot for Hoosiers working long shifts or who have other conflicts.