Indiana Republicans eye quick approval of new election maps



INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The couple hundred people who filled the Indiana House chamber applauded loudly several times Wednesday as members of the public told state lawmakers that they wanted the once-a-decade process of drawing new congressional and legislative election districts slowed down.

Those testifying during the last of nine scheduled redistricting hearings around the state argued the public should have at least a couple weeks to review the proposed maps after they are unveiled sometime next month by Republicans who dominate the state Legislature.

Republicans, however, said they planned to quickly advance the new maps to final votes following months of waiting for delayed U.S. Census data on population shifts.

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