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.|
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|
|Average District Population||17220|
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%.