The primary problem with Blackford's county council districts is that the population deviation is 19%, twice the legally allowable limit. In addition, two districts fail the compactness requirement, though that is because they follow Hartford City boundaries.
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?||
Apparently not, as the 2000 and 2010 maps appear to be identical.
|Is the population deviation of the current districts less than 10%?||
No. It is 19%.
|Are the current districts compact and contiguous?||
No. Districts 1 and 2 are made up entirely of Hartford City. They are spikey creatures with non-contiguous pieces, but they follow the outlines of the city exactly. Doing anything else would split precincts
|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||3311|||||District 2||2909|||||District 3||3033|||||District 4||3513|
|Average District Population||3,191.5|
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%.