Franklin County

Franklin County's council districts are beautifully compact, but they have an unacceptably high population deviation of 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?    

Yes. With a population deviation of 9.7%, Franklin County was one of only two counties in which council districts followed township lines exclusively, yet still had population deviations of less than 10% (though just barely, in Franklin's case).

     
Did the county redistrict after the 2010 census?   No (though they did change some precinct lines within districts).
     

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

  No. It is 17%.  
     
Are the current districts compact and contiguous?   Yes
     
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 5,350 | District 2 5,621 | District 3 6,343 | District 4 5,773
BLOOMING GROVE
FAIRFIELD
LAUREL
METAMORA
POSEY
BATH
HIGHLAND 01
HIGHLAND 02
SPRINGFIELD
WHITEWATER 01
WHITEWATER 02
     
BATESVILLE 01
BUTLER
OLDENBURG
RAY 01
RAY 02
SALT CREEK 01
SALT CREEK 02
BROOKVILLE 01
BROOKVILLE 02
BROOKVILLE 03
BROOKVILLE 04
BROOKVILLE 05
Total Population    23,087
Average District Population   5,772
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%.