(Washington, D.C.) – The U.S. Census Bureau released its congressional apportionment population counts and number of representatives for each of the 50 states, in addition to resident population counts for every state in the country, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
The data indicates a 7.4% population increase from the official 2010 census count with 7 seats shifting among 13 states, the smallest recorded number seat shifts. The more comprehensive census data needed to actually craft maps won’t come until later this fall. The following is a statement from Damon Hewitt, acting president and executive director with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law:
“The upcoming redistricting cycle is extremely unique given the limitations caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the outstanding questions about data quality. With today’s announcement, we know which states will gain political representation, and which states will lose. We now eagerly await the detailed redistricting data that will inform how the new districts will be drawn. We are already working with communities to ensure that they are part of that process and that states fairly redraw districts to give Black Americans and other communities of color the proper political representation they deserve.”
About the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law – The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. The principal mission of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice for all, particularly in the areas of voting rights, criminal justice, fair housing and community development, economic justice, educational opportunities, and hate crimes. For more information, please visit https://lawyerscommittee.org.