Hancock County

Hancock County redistricted in 2011, making major changes in district boundaries and bringing the population deviation down to an acceptable 7%. Unfortunately, District 2 is in two separate pieces and thus fails the requirement that districts be compact and contiguous.  

 

 

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. By knowing the size of only two of the districts, we were able to calculate a population deviation of at least 11.1%, but the deviation was probably quite a bit bigger than that.  
     
Did the county redistrict after the 2010 census?   Yes
     

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

  Yes. It is 7%.
     
Are the current districts compact and contiguous?   No.  District 2 is in two separate pieces and Districts 1, 2, and 3 all have non-contiguous parts.  (District 3 is mostly the city of Greenfield but doesn't follow its contours closely.)
     
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 17,356 | District 2 16,179 | District 3 17,261 | District 4 16,938
BN-01
BN-02
BR-01
C-03
C-04
F-01
F-02
G-01 EAST
GN-01
J-01
V-01
V-01 NORTHWEST
BC-01
BC-02
BC-03
BC-04
BC-05
C-01
C-02
G-04 WEST
M-01
M-01 SOUTHEAST
M-02
NV-01 (NV)
      
G-01 NORTH
G-01 SOUTH
G-02 NORTH
G-02 SOUTH
G-03 CENTRAL
G-03 NORTH
G-03 SOUTH
G-04 EAST
G-05 NORTH
G-05 SOUTH
NV-02 (NV)
  
BW-01
SC-01
SC-02
SC-03
SC-04
SC-05
SC-06
SC-07
SC-08
SC-09
 
Total Population   67,734
Average District Population  16,934
Population Deviation   7%

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%.