Our choices in the voting booth over the next 10 years will depend on the district lines that are drawn.
Redistricting is the process of drawing boundaries for electoral and political districts in the U.S. and is usually done every ten years after the census. The last U.S. census took place in 2020 and all states must adjust their voting districts to align with changes in population. The U.S. Constitution requires each Representative in Congress represent an equal number of citizens and mandates a census to determine the number of citizens and apportion seats to each state.
Q: What is apportionment and when did it occur?
A: In April, the Census Bureau reallocated the US House of Representatives seats between states. Certain states gained a seat, meaning that they have an additional vote in the US House of Representatives, while other states lost a seat. Texas is the only state to gain two seats.
Q: What is redistricting?
A: Redistricting is completed by the state legislature. State lawmakers the boundaries for everything from federal House Districts to local School Districts.
Q: When will redistricting begin?
A: Technically, the Census Bureau will provide the local population counts from the 2020 Census to the states by mid August. Then, the state legislature will draw the boundaries with public input.
Q: How can I learn more about redistricting?
A: We have compiled resources for you:
- Check out our WIL Listen Podcast Miniseries on Redistricting
- Read the Nuts & Bolts of Redistricting
- Watch the LWV Good Governance Symposium on Redistricting
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