LaPorte County

130px-Map of Indiana highlighting Adams County.svgLaPorte County has two large state prisons with a total of 5,411 prisoners.  Both prisons are, according to the county clerk, in County Council District 3.  If the prisoners are not counted, then the population deviation for the county council is 30%.  If they are counted, it is a whopping 44%.  Either way, LaPorte needs to redistrict.

 

 

County Redistricting Overview

 

State law and state and federal court decisions require that local government districts be compact, contiguous, not cross precint 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? Unknown
Did the county redistrict after the 2010 census? Yes 
Is the population deviation of the current districts less than 10%? No. It is 30%.   [see note below]
Are the current districts compact and contiguous? Yes, they are probably acceptable despite some jagged pieces.  
Is every precinct wholly contained within a single district? Yes 
Other comments: LaPorte County contains two large prisons, Michigan City and Westville, both of which are (according to the clerk's office) in District 3.  The 2010 census counted 5,411 prisoners at the two prisons, all of whom are disenfranchised.  State and local governments can elect to ignore prison populations during redistricting since prisoners are not local residents and cannot vote in local elections  As District 3 is the largest of the four districts, with 4,347 more people than the next largest district, the county seems to have taken the large prison populations into account when redistricting.  With the prisoners removed, District 3 is no longer the largest and the population deviation is only 30%.  If LaPorte were to count the prisoners, then the population deviation wold be 44%. 

 

 

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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 20809 | District 2 28841 | District 3 33188 | District 4 28629
CASS
CLINTON
DEWEY
HANNA
LA CROSSE
LAPORTE 01-02
LAPORTE 02-01
LAPORTE 02-02
LAPORTE 02-03
LAPORTE 02-04 (NV)
LAPORTE 05-01
LAPORTE 05-02
LAPORTE 05-03
LAPORTE 05-04
NOBLE
PRAIRIE
SCIPIO 01
SCIPIO 02
WANATAH 01
WANATAH 02
CENTER 01
CENTER 02
CENTER 03
CENTER 04
CENTER 05
COOLSPRING 01
COOLSPRING 03
DUNELAND BEACH
LONG BEACH
MICHIANA SHORES 01
MICHIANA SHORES 02
MICHIGAN CITY 05-01
MICHIGAN CITY 05-02
MICHIGAN CITY 05-03
MICHIGAN CITY 05-04
MICHIGAN CITY 06-01
MICHIGAN CITY 06-02
MICHIGAN CITY 06-03A MICHIGAN
MICHIGAN CITY 06-03B COOLSPRING
POTTAWATTAMIE PARK
SPRINGFIELD 01
SPRINGFIELD 02
SPRINGFIELD 03
TRAIL CREEK 01
TRAIL CREEK 02
      
COOLSPRING 02
COOLSPRING 04
COOLSPRING 05
MICHIGAN CITY 01-01
MICHIGAN CITY 01-02
MICHIGAN CITY 01-03
MICHIGAN CITY 02-01
MICHIGAN CITY 02-02
MICHIGAN CITY 02-03
MICHIGAN CITY 02-04
MICHIGAN CITY 03-01
MICHIGAN CITY 03-02A MICHIGAN
MICHIGAN CITY 03-02B COOLSPRING
MICHIGAN CITY 04-01
MICHIGAN CITY 04-02
MICHIGAN CITY 04-03
MICHIGAN CITY 04-04
NEW DURHAM 01
NEW DURHAM 02
WESTVILLE
 
GALENA 01
GALENA 02
HUDSON
JOHNSON
KANKAKEE 01
KANKAKEE 02
KINGSBURY
KINGSFORD HEIGHTS
LAPORTE 01-01
LAPORTE 01-03A CENTER
LAPORTE 01-03B KANKAKEE
LAPORTE 03-01
LAPORTE 03-02
LAPORTE 03-03A CENTER
LAPORTE 03-03B SCIPIO
LAPORTE 03-03C PLEASANT
LAPORTE 04-02A PLEASANT
LAPORTE 04-01
LAPORTE 04-03
LAPORTE 04-02B KANKAKEE
LINCOLN
PLEASANT
UNION
WASHINGTON
WILLS
  
Total Population    111,467
Average District Population   27,866.8
Population Deviation    44%

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%.