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At redistricting forum, everyone has an opinion how to draw lines Northern Virginia residents on July 27 told the Virginia Redistricting Commission to redraw congressional and state legislative boundaries in ways that are logical, protect minority voting rights and do not split communities. “Incumbents’ home addresses should not be a starting point for drawing maps,”...
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Politics and Nearing Deadline Underlines Conflict on Redistricting CommissionLawyers hired by the Virginia Redistricting Commission have advised the body to revise existing maps rather than start from scratch, the co-chair of the commission said in a committee meeting Tuesday. The question of whether the next voting districts are totally new or just modifications of the current...
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Census experts puzzled by high rate of unanswered questionsCensus Bureau statisticians and outside experts are trying to unravel a mystery: Why were so many questions about households in the 2020 census left unanswered? Residents did not respond to a multitude of questions about sex, race, Hispanic background, family relationships and age, even when providing a count of...
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Redistricting about to get startedThe Census Bureau announced yesterday that it will release the first local-level data — the stuff used for redistricting — on Thursday. And Tuesday is the deadline for the state Supreme Court to choose between the two proposed tie-breakers put forward by Democrats and Republicans, assuming they don’t come to some...
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Supreme Court decision could set off gerrymandering ‘arms race’Federal judges will no longer play the role of referee when the intensely partisan, once-per-decade fight over congressional mapmaking gets underway this year.  As a result of decisions by the Roberts Court, federal courthouses will be forced to turn away even the most egregious cases of partisan...
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Data used for drawing districts to be released next week. After a delay of more than four months caused by the pandemic, data from the 2020 census used for drawing congressional and legislative districts will be released next week, the U.S. Census Bureau said Thursday.  The bureau will publicize the data next Thursday, Aug. 12, four days...
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As some states rush to redistrict, gerrymandering fight moves to back burner Illinois redistricting advocates are having a hard time convincing state lawmakers to be patient.Members of the Democratic-controlled General Assembly have been waiting for 2020 census data to draw new legislative maps. Those numbers could be delayed until the fall, but state legislators face...
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Why your state might lose or gain clout in Congress after the census is released This is congressional reapportionment, the once-a-decade reshuffling of the 435 House seats among the states to adjust for population changes. Some states will gain clout, while others will lose. Even after the changes, House members from some states will still represent...
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How to Fix H.R. 1Before considering a better way forward, it’s important to understand why the For the People Act is making so many Democratic regulars anxious. The bill is a sprawling collection of different proposals, and not all of them enjoy universal support. The bill’s redistricting reforms, for example, represent a threat to a...
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 State redistricting deadlines in 2021, 2022 and 2023 The U.S. Census Bureau announced in February that it would deliver the detailed datasets needed for redistricting to the states by Sep. 30, 2021, after the original April 1, 2021, deadline. Some states’ own redistricting deadlines predate the Census Bureau’s projected data delivery date, prompting states to...
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