Potential state redistricting impact of delaying the reporting of 2020 Census data

“A delay in receiving census data will impact redistricting in most states,” according to a new report from the Brennan Center for Justice, and may “require changes to deadlines and processes set by state law.”

With delays to census field operations, the Administration has proposed to significantly extend the statutory deadlines for data reporting. The report goes over all the adjustments states will need to make to still be able to complete their required redistricting. “Depending on how long this process takes,” courts may “need to intervene and draw temporary maps” and “adjust candidate filing periods and/or delay primary elections.”

(For more on the 2020 Census delays, see The Census Project’s March Update and April Update.)

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