Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

December 11, 2013

County adopts new council districts

College group threatened to take legal action for state code violation.

By Carson Gerber
MC Weekly

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PERU – Miami County officials Monday adopted a new map for county council districts after a group from DePauw University threatened to take legal action against the county for violating state statutes regarding district maps.

State law requires council districts to be contiguous, or not broken by boundaries. Since at least 1983, the county’s map had a small part of District 4 completely cut off from the majority of the district in the northern part of the county, violating state code.

The DePauw University group threatened to take legal action against every county, including Miami County, that didn’t comply with state districting statutes, according to an email sent in October by the Association of Indiana Counties to Miami County officials.

Paul Wilson, the county’s deputy clerk of voter registration, said the new map complies with state code, and will affect around 3,000 residents in the county.

The new council map moves Erie precinct from District 4 to District 1; Peru 11 precinct moves from District 2 to District 4; Peru 7 precinct moves from District 3 to District 2; and Peru 3 precinct moves from District 3 to District 1.

Wilson said the county will notify any resident who now lives in a different district. He said all current council members still reside in their same districts under the new map.

The redistricted map is now one of the cleanest and most evenly distributed population maps in the state, Wilson said.

Carson Gerber can be reached at 765-854-6739, carson.gerber@kokomotribune.com or on Twitter @carsongerber1.