Saturday, August 1, 2009

Gerrymandering Fishers and Hamilton County Style

Guess what is starting to rear its ugly head once again. Gerrymandering is coming once again to Fishers and to Indiana voting districts.

Wikipedia defines it as follows:

“Gerrymandering is a form of boundary delimitation (redistricting) in which electoral district or constituency boundaries are deliberately modified for electoral advantage. Gerrymandering may be used to help or hinder particular constituents, such as members of a political, racial, linguistic, religious or class group.”

In Fishers it’s a way of life to protect those in office. When Scott moved to a new home the Town Council, in the dead of the night, annexed his property and then included it in his district so he would not lose his political office, next came Eileen moving to a new home and guess what they did? Oh let see you guessed they moved the district boundaries. Well, you are 100% correct. Why is this coming up again? Some rumored changes are coming to the Town Council. Charlie is going to run for Secretary of State so the Council or Republican Party will name a replacement, they may have to move boundaries for whoever this newly selected person. Others on the council may be leaving and just watch district lines fly all over the place, next comes Geist, oh what to do about Geist. I am willing to bet Scott’s single house lot is not is the same district as everyone else in Geist, you see he would never get elected from District that contains voters from Geist. Or split up Geist into many small sections attached to other districts to remove the impact of these voters. This would be very true if the voters convert Fishers into a City where voters select their representatives from their own district. You mean they don’t do that now. No, not in Fishers. All district representatives are elected town wide. Can’t get defeated that way. No wonder no one votes in the Fishers elections.

Or keep all of Geist in one district so they could only get one Council member and the other could keep them in check. Funny how that works in Fishers. It’s time to sweep clean the entire Town Council.

Next comes other areas in Hamilton County, I have heard that Kathy Richardson is busy at work redrawing county lines, after all Kathy is the Elections head of the county, she is also the one I ran against in the last election, you know the one who ran her own election. Maybe she will gerrymander my home up I-69 to Forth Wayne. You know I would not be surprised. Let’s see I live on a corner lot, so up the boundary would run in the street up Olio Road to Route 238 and then onto I-69 to Exit 6 it would make the District 100 miles long, but who cares. I would then be in District 83. I would not be surprised. Would you be?

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