GOP forges ahead with Indiana redistricting


Indianapolis - The new Indiana election districts proposed by Republicans who control the state legislature are on track for final approval next week even as complaints continue about a lack of openness.

Leaders of a redistricting watchdog group say they've been unable to get information about the political balance of the new districts and that voters should have more time to weigh in on them.

Indiana Citizens Redistricting Commission co-chairman Bill Ruppel says the process has been done in back rooms despite assurances of transparency. Ruppel is a former Republican legislator and says more public hearings should be held on the new districts for the state's congressional and legislative districts.

Republican leaders say they didn't use political information in drawing the new maps and met their pledge for more compact districts.

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