Census Bureau to Release 2020 Data That Will Guide Redistricting

Headline Roundup August 12th, 2021

On Thursday, the U.S. Census Bureau released data from the 2020 Census that will guide redistricting.  The results, which are being released late due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will be used by states to redraw district lines for the U.S. House of Representatives based on where residents live. Democrats will control redistricting for 75 U.S. House seats in eight states; Republicans control redistricting for 187 U.S. House seats in 20 states.  Districts in other 16 other states will be drawn by either split state legislative chambers or independent commissions.

The census figures will serve as a benchmark for things such as death rate, market research, and government-funding formulas.  About two-thirds of Americans ended up answering the census on their own, which normally results in more accurate and complete results.

From the Left
2020 Census, redistricting

Redistricting season officially kicks off with the release of detailed population data from the U.S. Census Bureau that will be used to redraw voting districts nationwide — potentially helping determine control of the U.S. House in the 2022 elections and providing an electoral edge for the next decade.

The new data being released Thursday will show which counties, cities and neighborhoods gained or lost the most people in the 2020 census. That will serve as the building block to redraw 429 U.S. House districts in 44 states and 7,383 state...

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From the Right

Let the redistricting scramble begin.

The Census Bureau on Thursday will release the data used to draw voting districts, setting up a scramble of map-drawing and litigation ahead of the 2022 midterm elections that could influence the balance of power in the House.

The release of the detailed once-per-decade data was delayed due in part to the coronavirus pandemic, squeezing the timeline for legislatures and state commissions to draw and finalize the lines and maps before primary elections begin.

Some states will see bigger changes in their maps than others....

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From the Center

The U.S. Census Bureau will release data on Thursday from the 2020 census that states will use to draw congressional and state legislative districts for the next decade, marking the start of what will be a fierce partisan battle over redistricting.

Demographers also expect the data to show that the country's white population is declining for the first time in history, with people of color representing virtually all population growth.

The release will arrive months later than originally expected after the census took longer to complete due to the coronavirus...

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