Jennings County

Jennings County was already in violation of the requirements that districts be of nearly equal size and contiguous before the 2010 census. The county failed to redistrict in 2011 and its districts remain in violation. The population deviation is 26% and one district cuts another in half.

 

 

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 was 27%, which is almost three times the allowable limit.  In addition, one district was cut in half by another district.
 
Did the county redistrict after the 2010 census? No
 

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

No. It is 26%.
 
Are the current districts compact and contiguous? No. District 2 is not contiguous. It is cut completely in half by District 4. 

 

 
Is every precinct wholly contained within a single district? Yes
Other comments: According to the clerk's office, the reason that District 2 is split in half is that North Vernon incorporated all the land between it and the municipal airport. The long neck reaching to the airport appears to be mostly industrial. In any case, all of that area is a single precinct, North Vernon 04A and could easily have been made part of District 2 instead of District 4. 

 

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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 8,456 | District 2 6,592 | District 3 6,754 | District 4 6,723
GENEVA 01 EAST
GENEVA 03
SANDCREEK
GENEVA 01 WEST
GENEVA 02
CENTER EAST
CENTER WEST
MARION
MONTGOMERY
SPENCER NORTH
SPENCER SOUTH
      
BIGGER
CAMPBELL
COLUMBIA
LOVETT
VERNON EAST
VERNON WEST
  
NORTH VERNON 01A
NORTH VERNON 01B
NORTH VERNON 02A
NORTH VERNON 02B
NORTH VERNON 03A
NORTH VERNON 03B
NORTH VERNON 04A
NORTH VERNON 04B
   
Total Population   28,525
Average District Population  7,131
Population Deviation   26%

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%.