Clay County

Clay County's council districts were out of compliance before the 2010 census, and the county failed to redistrict in 2011. The districts not compact and contiguous, and they have a population deviation of 30%--more than three times the allowable limit.

 

 

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.  The minimum population deviation was 24% (and probably higher).  District 4 and District 2 were non-contiguous or connected by a thread of land.  

 
Did the county redistrict after the 2010 census? No
 

Is the population deviation of the current districts less than 10%?

No.  It is 30%.
 
Are the current districts compact and contiguous?  

No. District 4 is nearly cut in half by District 3 and part of District 1 is inside of District 2 .

 
Is every precinct wholly contained within a single district? Yes

 

 

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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 7,075 | District 2 6,350 | District 3 7,741 | District 4 5,697

BRAZIL 01 
BRAZIL 02 
BRAZIL 03 
BRAZIL 05
BRAZIL 06 

BRAZIL 04 
DICK JOHNSON 
DICK JOHNSON (NV) 
VAN BUREN 01 
VAN BUREN 02 
VAN BUREN 03 
      
JACKSON 01 
JACKSON 02 
JACKSON 03 
POSEY 01 
POSEY 02 
POSEY 03 
SUGAR RIDGE
CASS 
HARRISON 01 
HARRISON 02 
LEWIS 
PERRY 
WASHINGTON
Total Population    26,863
Average District Population   6,716
Population Deviation    30%

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%.