Morgan County

Morgan County redistricted in 2011 and brought the population deviation among county council districts down from at least 19% to only 6%.  The map that the commissioners settled on was not as compact as some that they considered but it complies with the law.

 

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 population deviation was at least 19% and possibly much higher.
 
Did the county redistrict after the 2010 census? Yes 
 
Is the population deviation of the current districts less than 10%? Yes.  It is 6%.
 
Are the current districts compact and contiguous? Mostly.  The southern part of District 1 contains several small pieces of District 2 (parts of precincts Washington 7 and 9).   The biggest of these appears to be an uninhabited field of some sort--perhaps a sports park.
 
Is every precinct wholly contained within a single district? Yes 
 
Other Comments: Morgan County redistricted in 2011 and brought the population deviation among county council districts down from at least 19% to only 6%.  The map that the commissioners settled on was not as compact as some that they considered (nor the one with the lowest deviation), but it complies with the law.  Morgan County also had perhaps the best informed county clerk on the issue of redistricting of any we encountered in the state.

 

 

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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 16690 | District 2 16692 | District 3 17807 | District 4 17690
CLAY 02
CLAY 03
WASHINGTON 01
WASHINGTON 02
WASHINGTON 03
WASHINGTON 04
WASHINGTON 05
WASHINGTON 06
WASHINGTON 08
WASHINGTON 10
WASHINGTON 11
WASHINGTON 12
WASHINGTON 13
GREEN 01
GREEN 02
HARRISON 01
JACKSON 01
JACKSON 02
JACKSON 03
MADISON 01
MADISON 02
MADISON 03
WASHINGTON 07
WASHINGTON 09
WASHINGTON 14
      
BROWN 01
BROWN 02
BROWN 03
BROWN 04
BROWN 05
BROWN 06
BROWN 07
BROWN 08
BROWN 09
BROWN 10
BROWN 11
MADISON 04
MADISON 05
MADISON 06
  
ADAMS 01
ASHLAND 01
ASHLAND 02
BAKER 01
CLAY 01
GREGG 01
GREGG 02
JEFFERSON 01
JEFFERSON 02
JEFFERSON 03
MONROE 01
MONROE 02
MONROE 03
RAY 01
RAY 02
   
Total Population    68879
Average District Population   17220
Population Deviation    6%

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%.