Adams County

Adams County did not redistrict after the 2010 census. The population deviation is 22%, which is more than twice the allowable limit.  In addition, the districts are not compact with small non-contiguous pieces.  Thus, the Adams County Council disticts are illegally drawn.



County Redistricting Overview

State law and state and federal court decisions require that local government districts be compact, contiguous, not cross precinct 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. The population deviation is 22%, more than twice the allowable limit
Are the current districts compact and contiguous? No. The delightful looking hieroglyphic that forms all of District 2 in the northern part of the county corresponds exactly to the contours of the city of Decatur, IN, which has chunks of non-city areas inside it--including one tiny parcel that appears to be a single home.  The same is true in the southern part of the county where the southern end of District 3 follows the contours of Berne, IN, with one tiny chunk missing and another part attached only by a road and a bit of land.  But the indentation is caused by a body of water.
Is every precinct wholly contained within a single district? Yes

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 9,249 | District 2 9,410 | District 3 7,544 | District 4 8,184

Prarie 01
Prarie 02
Round Grove 01
West Point 01
Big Creek 01

Honey Creek 01
Union 02      

Union 03
Union 04
Union 05
Union 06
Union 07   

Cass 01
Jackson 01
Lincoln 01
Union 01   

Total Population    34,387
Average District Population   8,597
Population Deviation    22%

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%.