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Census Redistricting Data Arrives A Little Bit Early

The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that detailed data from the 2020 decennial census (aka P.L. 94-171 redistricting file, aka “the redistricting data”) will arrive on Aug. 12 at 1 p.m. ET. This comes as surprising news as the U.S. Census Bureau had promised it by Aug. 16.

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Census Bureau Announces Traditional Redistricting Data Not Recommended for Use This Decade

The Census Bureau released a blog yesterday describing what the redistricting data will look like when it is released in three weeks. It will reflect the demographic changes and shifts that normally occur every 10 years, but it will also show the effects of the COVID pandemic and differential privacy.

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Salt Lake City Bound: Let's Talk All Things Redistricting

What’s really great is that we have the nation’s redistricting experts gathered all in one place. We have litigators who can go toe-to-toe in a courtroom, but in Salt Lake City, they’ll be sitting side-by-side on the stage, sharing their expertise.

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Redistricting Is Way Behind Last Decade

After last year’s floods, fires, and of course, a pandemic, the U.S. Census Bureau redistricting data is scheduled to be almost five months late.

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Colorado Supreme Court Limits Legislature’s Role in Redistricting

Independent redistricting commissions. You’ve heard about them. You may even have an idea of what they are. But the degree of “independence” as contemplated by legislators and advocates varies, and those variations show up in codification.

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'Differential Privacy' Heats Up Census Voting Debate

While we wait for redistricting data to arrive in August, there’s a little-known but hot-hot issue in the redistricting world: differential privacy, the system chosen by the U.S. Census Bureau to protect the privacy of census responses.

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A Case Study: Redistricting in Ohio

In the 2010s, the Ohio General Assembly took the unusual steps of putting redistricting reform measures before Buckeye voters—twice.

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Census Data Will Be Released Aug. 16: Are Alternatives Available in the Meantime?

Nearly five months behind schedule, the delays at the bureau have had significant impacts on states’ abilities to comply with their own redistricting deadlines. While these delays may provide states with new and unique opportunities to gather public input or make policy changes, the primary challenge states face is addressing the legal catch-22 many states find themselves in.

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Primaries On Our Minds: 2022 Dates and 2021 Legislation

With the 2020 election behind us and just a handful of odd-year elections in 2021, many elected officials, staff members and election experts are already turning their attention to 2022. That includes NCSL’s Elections and Redistricting team.

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Census Data Coming in Sept ... Wait, What? AUGUST!!!

Redistricting data will be available to the states in the last half of August. That’s the latest news from the U.S. Census Bureau, and it didn’t get the attention it deserves, so let me say it again: Redistricting data will arrive in late August, which means redistricting can start soon thereafter.

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