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Allen County residents voice concerns about redistricting process

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Allen County residents voice concerns about redistricting process

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) - People across Allen County showed up at Fort Wayne's Ivy Tech campus Saturday morning to voice their concerns about redistricting.

It's part of a process that happens every 10 years after the U.S. Census. It determines which representatives will cover which parts of the state after an election.

Hundreds showed up to the hearing, many of them are frustrated and say their voices have not been heard.

Many of them said the current district gerrymanders certain parts of the state and makes it impossible for elections to be fair.

"If we want this place that we live to be something that helps all of the citizens, then we have to embrace all of the citizens," Fort Wayne resident Jessica Farlow said.

Lawmakers said they hope this hearing will make sure that people's concerns are listened to.

"I was pleased with the testimony, I thought folks were great and you can tell that they did their homework, but they want more transparency in this process," Democratic Rep. Phil GiaQuinta said.

One of the concerns voiced by the crowd is that they feel the process isn't as transparent as it should be. Many of the legislators said it is and that people should trust the process.

"We're gonna follow all statutory and constitutional requirements as we go through this process," Republican Rep. Timothy Wesco said. "We're gonna continue to seek the public's input."

Many people in the crowd hope that there can be another hearing after the maps are drawn out.

Legislators are expected to return to the statehouse in mid to late September to redraw the district lines.

Any changes would be in place until after the next Census in 2030.

Tylor Brummett

Tylor Brummett is a multimedia journalist at WPTA. He’s a recent grad of Ball State University where he participated in the award winning student newscast, NewsLink Indiana.

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