Commonwealth Magazine: Redistricting requires some flexibility this year

Redraw district lines first, then construct precincts

By Cheryl Clyburn Crawford and Beth Huang

THE 2020 CENSUS was unlike any other, with a global pandemic that restricted in-person outreach and a presidential administration intent on undermining the integrity of the count at every turn. As a result, the Census data needed to redraw state legislative and congressional districts won’t be released until August and September – a six month delay from the typical timeline.

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