Four commissioner maps and three council maps were submitted by Monday's deadline to the bipartisan Indiana Election Commission the General Assembly has put in charge of Lake County redistricting.
The process of redrawing the boundaries of the state's nine congressional districts, 100 Indiana House districts, and 50 Senate districts to adjust for population shifts over the past 10 years is complete.
House Democrats criticized the redistricting plans for maintaining Republican dominance of Indiana government and for giving Hoosiers very little time to review the new maps before rushing them into law.
Northwest Indiana likely will have at least one new state senator next year if the redistricting plan proposed Tuesday by the Senate Republican majority caucus is enacted into law.
Northwest Indiana will continue to comprise a single congressional district if the new legislative boundaries under consideration at the Indiana Statehouse are enacted into law.
Northwest Indiana residents have a chance to weigh in on one of those little-noticed, structural components of government that has a significant effect on election and policy outcomes.
One task lawmakers must accomplish when the Indiana General Assembly convenes in January is drawing new legislative district boundaries using the results of the 2020 census.