Miami County

Miami County contains a large state prison with 3,174 inmates. Without counting the state's prisoners, the population deviation is an acceptable 10%.  However, Miami's council districts are not contiguous or compact. 

 

 

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?  

The minimum population deviation was 31%, more than three times the allowable limit, but this figure no doubt was inflated by the large prison population--see below.

 
Did the county redistrict after the 2010 census?  No. 
 

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

It is 10% with the large prison population removed. (With the prisoners, it would be 44%.)
 
Are the current districts compact and contiguous? No. Part of District 4 is wholly inside District 2 while District 3 splits District 2.  PUT UNDER "OTHER COMMENTS" (The large star-shaped extension of District 3 into District 2 is only the intersection of of Rts. 31 and 24, which is connected to Peru IN, most of which is in District 3, by a long section of Highway 24.  Though this projection splits District 2 in half, the projection appears to have no population.)  
 
Is every precinct wholly contained within a single district? Yes 
 
Other Comments:
Miami County contains a large state prison with 3,174 inmates, all of whom are disenfranchised.  Because the prisoners cannot particiate in local elections, the county has exercised the option of ignoring them for purposes of redistricting.  Without counting the state's prisoners, the population deviation is an acceptable 10%. (Had the prisoners been counted, the deviation would have been 44%.)  However, Miami's council districts are not contiguous or compact. 

 

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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 12207 | District 2 8162 | District 3 8161 | District 4 8373
BUTLER
CLAY
DEER CREEK
HARRISON
JACKSON 01
JACKSON 02
PERU 03
WASHINGTON 02
PERU 10
PERU 11
PIPE CREEK 01
PIPE CREEK 02
PIPE CREEK 03
PIPE CREEK 04
      
PERU 02
PERU 04
PERU 06
PERU 07
PERU 08
PERU 09
WASHINGTON 01
WASHINGTON 03
  
ALLEN
ERIE
JEFFERSON 01
JEFFERSON 02
JEFFERSON 03
PERRY
PERU 05
RICHLAND
UNION
   
Total Population    36903
Average District Population   9226
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%.