Runaway Redistricting: How the Rush to Redistricting Can Leave Communities Behind

With the adjusted census timeline, states will receive population data needed for redistricting several months later than in previous census cycles. Common Cause details, in this report, the likely impact of this new schedule; in addition to recommendations for ensuring a transparent and inclusive redistricting process.

The 2021 redistricting cycle will create maps that states will use in their elections for the next 10 years. That is why it is crucial that states’ redistricting processes provide ample opportunity for public testimony. This allows members of the public to provide valuable information to the mapmakers about their community – where it is located, who lives there, and why it is important that the community is kept whole – and to provide feedback on draft or final maps.  

After every decennial census, the Census Bureau provides states with the data needed for redistricting. This year, as a result of an adjusted census timeline, states will receive processed population data needed for redistricting by September 30, 2021. This is several months later than in previous census cycles. 

The new schedule will affect legally mandated redistricting deadlines and risk a reduction in the time the public has to provide meaningful input about their communities to decision-makers. 

In our report Runaway Redistricting: How the Rush to Redistrict Leaves Communities Behind, Common Cause details the likely impact of this new schedule for all 50 statesWe also provide recommendations for ensuring a transparent and inclusive redistricting process in each state.  

The slide show below provides summary information about state redistricting timelines, including where redistricting deadlines may need to be adjusted to accommodate the new census redistricting data delivery date along with sufficient time for public comment. 

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