Indy Mayor Greg Ballard battles Dems in Ind. supreme court

INDIANAPOLIS - A redistricting battle that’s pitted Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard against the City-County Council Democrats moves to the state supreme court Thursday morning. The court’s decision could have a huge effect on next year’s elections.

At 9 a.m., each side will be given 20 minutes to take the stand and argue their case on an issue the City-County Council has been arguing about for more than 2 years.

The conflict surrounds the redistricting maps drawn up by Republicans. Mayor Ballard signed them into law Jan. 1, 2012, the day a Democratic majority took over the council.

City-County Council Democrats have sued the mayor, saying the maps aren’t legal because they were drawn up before 2012. State law says district boundaries must be re-drawn during the second year after a census, which was done in 2010.

Last year, a judicial panel agreed and drew up a new map, which would pit incumbent council members against each other. That’s when Mayor Ballard called in the state supreme court.

Oral arguments will take place Thursday. Watch them live online beginning at 9 a.m.

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