LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
The Kentucky Constitution requires the fewest possible number of counties be split, but 22 of the 120 counties, including Laurel, Madison, Boone, and Hardin, have populations larger than the maximum district population – so they must be split at least once. And it’s mathematically impossible to split fewer than 24 counties while abiding by population guidelines for 100 districts.
That’s little consolation to counties split five and six ways.
“We have five representatives but not one of them lives in Laurel County,” said Albright.