Lawrence County

Lawrence County made sweeping changes to its districts in 2011. Unfortunately, the population deviation remains close to what it was before, 18% after redistricting compared to 21% before. Lawrence County should redistrict again, preferably making District 3 more compact in the process.

 

 

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?

No. The minimum population deviation was 21%, more than twice the allowable limit.

Did the county redistrict after the 2010 census? Yes, substantially so.

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

 No.  It is 18%.
Are the current districts compact and contiguous? District 4 is most of Bedford City.  District 3 is nearly split in two when precinct Shawswick 3 wraps around District 4 on the western and northern sides.  It follows the contours of a river that runs west of the city.  Other than that, the districts appear fine.
Is every precinct wholly contained within a single district? Yes

 

 IndianaCCDistricts wLayout Lawrence

 

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 12840 | District 2 10798 | District 3 11549 | District 4 10947
INDIAN CREEK NORTH
INDIAN CREEK SOUTH
MARION 01
MARION 02
MARION 03
MARION 04
MARION 05A
MARION 05B
MARION 05C
SPICE VALLEY NORTH
SPICE VALLEY SOUTH
BONO
GUTHRIE
MARION 06
PLEASANT RUN
SHAWSWICK 03
SHAWSWICK 11
SHAWSWICK 14B
SHAWSWICK 15A
SHAWSWICK 15B
      
MARSHALL 01
MARSHALL 02
MARSHALL 03
PERRY
SHAWSWICK 02
SHAWSWICK 12
SHAWSWICK 13
SHAWSWICK 14A
 
SHAWSWICK 01A
SHAWSWICK 01B
SHAWSWICK 04
SHAWSWICK 05A
SHAWSWICK 05B
SHAWSWICK 06
SHAWSWICK 07A
SHAWSWICK 07B
SHAWSWICK 08
SHAWSWICK 09
SHAWSWICK 10
SHAWSWICK 16
   
Total Population   46134
Average District Population  11534
Population Deviation   18%

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%.