Bartholomew County is perhaps the worst example in the state of county council districts that are not compact or contiguous. Districts 1 and 2 have multiple pieces that are either completely non-contiguous or are connected only by a long, narrow road. In addition, four of its precincts are split between two districts.
County Redistricting Overview
State law and state and federal court decisions require that local government districts be compact, contiguous, not cross precinct boundaries, and be as nearly equal in population as possible (usually with population deviation of less than 10%). To be in compliance, answers to each of the questions below should be "Yes".
Note: Other requirements regarding vote dilution and minority representation are not examined in this report.
|Were the districts based on the 2000 census in compliance with state law?||
No. Districts 1 and 2 had multiple pieces that were either completely non-contiguous or were connected by a narrow road.
|Did the county redistrict after the 2010 census?||No.|
|Is the population deviation of the current districts less than 10%?||Cannot be determined due to split precincts|
|Are the current districts compact and contiguous?||
No. Districts 1 and 2 have multiple pieces that are either completely non-contiguous or are connected by a narrow road.
|Is every precinct wholly contained within a single district?||
No: Precincts Columbus 100, 200, 225 and 400 are each split between Districts 3 and 4. Columbus 1000 is split between Districts 1 and 2.
2010 Census Data
In 2012, we were able to determine exact populations for each county council district by identifying which precincts (as drawn in 2011 by each county) were in which county council district. We were able to calculate precinct populations using the 2010 census as long as precincts contained whole census blocks, which they are supposed to do.
|District 1||population unknown|||||District 2||population unknown|||||District 3||population unknown|||||District 4||population unknown|
FLATROCK 3850 (NV)
GERMAN 4250 (NV)
COLUMBUS 2400 (Precincts split between 3 and 4)
|Average District Population||19,198.5|
|Population Deviation||Unknown due to shared precincts|
Population deviation is calculated by subtracting the smallest district from the largest district and dividing by the average district population. The maximum allowable deviation for local governments is 10%.