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Board Member representing 4.7% of County Proposed County-Wide Grading of Businesses on Mask Compliance

How does someone representing 4.7% of the county end up proposing something for the entire county (with 14.3% of the voting power)? To examine that, we’ll look at the County Board of Health. But, if you’re more interested in what Mr. Seifert had to say about giving businesses A/B/C/D ratings, watch the video or read about the meeting!

Is the Lincoln County Board of Health a fair representation of Lincoln County? Are some sections of the county better represented than others? Under-representation has been a common complaint, and with Board Member Jim Seifert of Troy proposing county wide grading of businesses, it’s worth looking at.

Mr. Seifert is the Board Member appointed to represent Troy. In 2010 (alas, no 2020 census data yet) the area he represents had a population of 938. That’s 4.7% of the 19,980 people living in Lincoln County.

If representation on the County Board of Health were distributed evenly, by population, we would expect Mr. Seifert to have 4.7% of the vote. However, as one of a seven member board, he has 14.3% of the vote.

Looking at the Health Board as a whole (using the information available on the county website) we see:

Area% of County PopulationMembers on Board of Health% of Vote on Board of Health
Troy4.7%1 ( Jim Seifert)14.3 %
Eureka5.2%1 (Debra Armstrong)14.3 %
Libby13.2%4 (Jan Ivers, Laura Crismore, Sara Mertes, George Jamison)57.1 %
Elsewhere76.9 %Josh Letcher (West Kootenai) 14.3 %
Locations for members were taken from the phone book when not stated on the county’s website

The Board of Health doesn’t represent the population of Lincoln County evenly. Far more of the vote is associated with “urban” areas than rural.

The Board of Health, with three members designated to represent the urban areas, is designed to unequal in representation. That’s 42.9 % of the votes on the Board of Health going to represent 23.1% of the population!

The remaining board members are one county commissioner and three appointed as county representatives. Could the board be more equal, with respect to the rural areas? Definitely.

But what about regions? Is North county represented fairly? Is it possible for the board to represent the county fairly? Could the board be designed so that it did? Next week!

1 thought on “Board Member representing 4.7% of County Proposed County-Wide Grading of Businesses on Mask Compliance”

  1. It is at the local level that tyranny will be entrenched. If we don’t nip tyranny in the bud at our town and county levels what hope do we have at the state and federal levels? None. Grading businesses for mandate compliance is the first step towards the social credits currently used in communist countries to control their large populations through financial incentives – including whether you get an income or not at some point. We need to collectively right this board and demand that this idea is not considered. Or, we need to commit categorically that we will only patronize those C-grade or below businesses. Freedom of choice must be preserved. Tyranny in all its disguises must be opposed.

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