Knox County

Knox County did not redistrict in 2011 and now has a population deviation of 29%, almost three times the allowable limit.  By failing to provide equal representation for all county voters, it is in violation of Indiana law and the US Constitution.

 

 

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 16% and may have been significantly higher.  
     
Did the county redistrict after the 2010 census?   No
     

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

  No. It is 29%.
     
Are the current districts compact and contiguous?   No, but nearly so. Districts 1 and 2 overlay most of the City of Vincennes. District 2 has some small pieces entirely within District 3.   
     
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 10,017 | District 2 8,417 | District 3 11,164 | District 4 8,842
VINCENNES CITY 01
VINCENNES CITY 02
VINCENNES CITY 03
VINCENNES CITY 05
VINCENNES CITY 06
VINCENNES CITY 07
VINCENNES CITY 08
VINCENNES CITY 10
VINCENNES CITY 04
VINCENNES CITY 09
VINCENNES CITY 11
VINCENNES CITY 12
VINCENNES CITY 13
VINCENNES CITY 14
VINCENNES CITY 15
VINCENNES CITY 16
      
DECKER
HARRISON
JOHNSON
PALMYRA
STEEN
VINCENNES TWP. 01
VINCENNES TWP. 02
VINCENNES TWP. 03
VINCENNES TWP. 04
VINCENNES TWP. 05
   
BICKNELL CITY 01
BICKNELL CITY 02
BICKNELL CITY 03
BICKNELL CITY 04
BUSSERON
VIGO 01
VIGO 02
VIGO 03
WASHINGTON
WIDNER
Total Population   38,440
Average District Population  9,610
Population Deviation   29%

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%.