Voters should choose their representatives; politicians shouldn’t be picking their voters. That’s a pretty simple principle. However, in Indiana, our congressional and state legislative districts are drawn by the politicians in power, which allows them to pick their voters.

When politicians in power pick their voters, Hoosiers’ votes have less of an impact. In 2020, only two of the 25 State Senate and nine of 100 State House elections had a margin of less than 10 percentage points, which is often a metric used to determine competitive elections. Both chambers had more uncontested elections than ones determined by less than 10 percentage points, meaning the district leans so far in one direction opposing parties don’t even run candidates.

Sen. J.D. Ford, a Democrat, represents Indiana Senate District 29, which includes parts of Carmel, Indianapolis and Zionsville.

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