Perry County's deviation is 70%, meaning residents in the smallest district have over twice as much say over council decisions as residents in the largest district. Perry contains a prison, and if prisoners were counted, the deviation would be 92%. They did not redistrict in 2011, and must do so now.
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 58%--almost six times the legal limit.
|Did the county redistrict after the 2010 census?||No|
|Does the population deviation exceed 10% for the current districts?||Yes. Not counting the state prisoners, the population deviation is 70%, second highest in the state. (If the prisoners were counted, the deviation would be 92%.)|
|Are the current districts compact and contiguous?||Yes, reasonably so.|
|Is every precinct wholly contained within a single district?||Yes|
|Other Comments:||Perry contains a medium-sized state prison (Branchville) that had more than a thousand inmates at the time of the 2010 census. If the prisoners were counted, then Perry County's population deviation would be a whopping 92%--the highest 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||4353|||||District 2||2915|||||District 3||4697|||||District 4||7373|
|Average District Population||4835|
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%.