Steuben County

Steuben did not redistrict in 2011.  Its county council districts are compact, but they have a whopping 37% population deviation, nearly four times the allowable limit.  The county needs to redistrict as soon as possible.

 

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? Unknown
 
Did the county redistrict after the 2010 census? No
 
Is the population deviation of the current districts less than 10%? No.  It is 37%. 
 
Are the current districts compact and contiguous? Yes
 
Is every precinct wholly contained within a single district? Yes
 
 

 

 

 

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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 8618 | District 2 10448 | District 3 7297 | District 4 7822
CLEAR LAKE
FREMONT
JAMESTOWN 01
JAMESTOWN 02
MILLGROVE
PLEASANT 01
PLEASANT 02
PLEASANT 03
PLEASANT 04
PLEASANT 05
      
JACKSON
PLEASANT 06
PLEASANT 07
SALEM
   
OSTEGO
RICHLAND
SCOTT
STEUBEN
YORK
Total Population   34185
Average District Population  8546
Population Deviation   37%

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%.