States Set to Begin Redistricting After Census Publishes 2020 Data

Most states have had to delay their redistricting efforts because of the U.S. Census Bureau’s pandemic-related challenges. On Thursday, the Bureau officially released its 2020 census data, which sets states up to begin quickly drawing up their districts ahead of state and federal elections. The 2020 Census data shows overall population growth, with the population currently at 330 million people. This population growth gives some states added congressional seats, and some states will see a decrease in the number of representatives. Texas will gain two seats in the House of Representatives, and Colorado, Florida, Montana, North Carolina, and Oregon will each gain one seat. California, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia will lose one seat each, but the remaining states’ number of seats will not change ahead of the 2022 elections. The redistricting process centers on how the districts of each state’s representatives—state legislators, members of Congress, …

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