Jay County

Jay County is a fine example of a county that was in violation after the 2000 census but did an excellent job of redistricting in 2011. The population deviation dropped from 31% to 5% and the districts are models of compactness.  

 

 

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 31%, more than three times the allowable limit.

     
Did the county redistrict after the 2010 census?   Yes
     

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

   

Yes. The population deviation is now only 5%

     
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 5,288 | District 2 5,191 | District 3 5,455 | District 4 8,247
DUNKIRK 01
DUNKIRK 03
JEFFERSON
REDKEY
GREENE
JACKSON
KNOX
PENN
WAYNE 02
      
BEARCREEK
WABASH
WAYNE 01
WAYNE 03
MADISON
NOBLE
PIKE
WAYNE 04
WAYNE 07
   
Total Population   21,253
Average District Population  5,313
Population Deviation   5%

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%.