Howard County

130px-Map of Indiana highlighting Adams County.svgHoward County's council districts have a population deviation (14%) that is 40% higher than the allowable limit and the districts aren't entirely compact or contiguous. However, Howard County is not one of the worst offenders on any of these measures.

 

 

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 population deviation based on the 2000 census is unknown, but see below for problems regarding compactness and contiguity. 
 
Did the county redistrict after the 2010 census?

Probably not, as the 2000 and 2010 maps appear to be identical.

 
Is the population deviation of the current districts less than 10%? No. It is 14%.
 
Are the current districts compact and contiguous?  

No. District 3 is most of Kokomo and follows city lines for the most part.  Precinct 12 is mostly in District 3, but part of it sits like a small island entirely within District 4 even though the city doesn't seem to own it. Precinct Center 4 is mostly in District 1, but small parts are wholly within District 4, although in this case the division does, at least, follow town lines.  

 
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 20,036 | District 2 22,774 | District 3 19,937 | District 4 20,005
CENTER 01
CENTER 04
HOWARD 01
HOWARD 02
JACKSON
LIBERTY 01
LIBERTY 02
LIBERTY 03
LIBERTY 04
PRECINCT 37
PRECINCT 38
PRECINCT 57
TAYLOR 01
TAYLOR 02
TAYLOR 03
TAYLOR 04
TAYLOR 05
TAYLOR 06
UNION
CENTER 02
CENTER 05
HARRISON 01
HARRISON 02
HARRISON 03
HARRISON 04
HARRISON 05
HONEY CREEK 01
HONEY CREEK 02
MONROE
PRECINCT 41
PRECINCT 51
PRECINCT 53
PRECINCT 54
PRECINCT 56-01
PRECINCT 56-02
PRECINCT 59
PRECINCT 61
PRECINCT 65
PRECINCT 67
PRECINCT 68
      
PRECINCT 11
PRECINCT 12
PRECINCT 13
PRECINCT 14
PRECINCT 16 (NV)
PRECINCT 17
PRECINCT 31
PRECINCT 32
PRECINCT 33
PRECINCT 34
PRECINCT 35
PRECINCT 36
PRECINCT 42
PRECINCT 43
PRECINCT 44
PRECINCT 45
  
CENTER 03
CLAY 01
CLAY 02
CLAY 03
ERVIN 01
ERVIN 02
PRECINCT 15
PRECINCT 21
PRECINCT 22
PRECINCT 23
PRECINCT 24
PRECINCT 25
PRECINCT 62
PRECINCT 63
PRECINCT 64
PRECINCT 66
Total Population    82,752
Average District Population   20,688
Population Deviation    13.7%

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%.