Two Examples


Final Putnam County MapTake the North Putnam School Corporation, for example, which completely ignores the requirement that districts be approximately equal in population.  North Putnam encompasses the six northernmost townships in Putnam County with a total population of just over 10,000 people. The school corporation has a seven-person board that controls an annual budget of around $16,000,000.  One board member is elected at-large but the other six members each represent--and are elected solely by--residents of their own township.  The smallest of these townships, Russell, has only 823 residents, while the largest, Floyd, has 4,011 residents.  Thus, Russell residents have five-times as much say over school board decisions as Floyd residents.  The school board refused to redistrict prior to the November  2011 election although the matter was brought to their attention repeatedly. In response, the ACLU has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of a Floyd Township resident to force the North Putnam school board to redistrict. 

Or consider the Bartholomew County Council, which just as brazenly flouts the requirements that districts be compact and that they not cross precinct boundary lines.  Bartholomew County’s third council district (in blue) has two large pieces connected only by a long, narrow stretch of road, and numerous smaller pieces that are wholly contained within other districts.  Furthermore, four precincts are split between Districts 3 and 4 and one between Districts 1 and 2.  Yet Bartholomew’s county commissioners decided to ignore their responsibility to redistrict the council in 2011.