Hamilton County Election Office is implementing constituency changes due to congressional redistribution. The office filed its suggested changes with the state of Indiana after Hamilton County commissioners approved the changes at their Oct. 25 meeting.
Indiana is required by state and federal law to redraw the state legislative and congressional maps following the national census every 10 years. The Indiana General Assembly approved the new congressional and state legislative districts on Oct. 1, and Governor Eric Holcomb proclaimed them three days later.
“We usually do all of this in June or July,” Hamilton County Clerk Kathy Williams said. “But with the delay in the census, the approval of the new house, Senate and Congressional districts has been delayed. Our office has worked tirelessly to resolve these issues in a timely manner. “
Williams said the changes forced the Hamilton County Election Office to reassess nearly all ridings.
“Almost every riding in Hamilton County will change as a result, whether in size, location, annexation or name,” said Williams. “Voters will receive notification of their constituency changes during the month of December.”
By law, each constituency must have at least 600 eligible voters and no more than 2,000. An enclosure cannot cross a congressional or state legislative district boundary.
The state’s Senate and House of Representatives constituencies had to be in place for candidates to qualify for residency by November 8. Candidates must have resided in the district for one year before the general election in November 2022.