Decatur County

Decatur County did not redistrict in 2011. Although its county council districts are reasonably compact, the population deviation between the largest and smallest districts is an unacceptable 17%.

 

 

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 14% and may have been much higher.  Part of District 1 was almost entirely surrounded by District 2 (see below). 
     
Did the county redistrict after the 2010 census?   No 
     
Is the population deviation of the current districts less than 10%?   No.  It is 17%. 
     
Are the current districts compact and contiguous?    

No, but they are probably acceptable.  District 1 consists of most of the city of Greensburg, though it doesn't follow city lines exactly.  Precinct Greensburg 5 juts into District 2 in order to include the airport and/or a city park.  Indeed it appears to be connected with the rest of the district by a single road (Park Road).   A small part of District 2 is inside District 1, but it appears to be uninhabited.


     
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 6.869 | District 2 6,435 | District 3 5,746 | District 4 6,690
GREENSBURG 01
GREENSBURG 02
GREENSBURG 03
GREENSBURG 04
GREENSBURG 05
GREENSBURG 06
GREENSBURG 07
GREENSBURG 08
WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP
     
JACKSON TOWNSHIP
MARION TOWNSHIP
SANDCREEK NORTH
SANDCREEK SOUTH
WESTPORT
ADAMS TOWNSHIP
CLAY TOWNSHIP
CLINTON TOWNSHIP
FUGIT TOWNSHIP
GREENSBURG 07 / ADAMS (NV)
GREENSBURG 07 / CLAY (NV)
SALTCREEK TOWNSHIP
ST. PAUL
  
Total Population    25,740
Average District Population         6,435
Population Deviation    17%

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%.