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Western Indiana county reaches redistricting agreement

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 7:43 am

TERRE HAUTE — A western Indiana county has reached an agreement with the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana intended to resolve a dispute over the size of the county's council districts.

The ACLU sued Vigo County last month in federal court, alleging that its council districts are not nearly equal in size.

The Tribune-Star reports that a proposed settlement calls for a redistricting plan under which the inmate population at Terre Haute's federal prison complex won't be counted in determining voting districts.

The U.S. Supreme Court has declared anything above 10 percent population deviation presumptively unconstitutional.

But County Attorney Michael Wright told the County Council on Tuesday then when Terre Haute's Federal Penitentiary is included in population counts the county had a population deviation of about 18 percent.