“After more than four months of delays and scrambling over redistricting deadlines, the 2020 U.S. Census data will be released a few days early.
The U.S. Census Bureau tweeted Thursday that the final population data will be released on Aug. 12, rather than Aug. 16 as was expected.
“It’s a little padding for us,” said Jessika Shipley, staff director for the independent redistricting commissions. “It doesn’t give us that much wiggle room, but we needed a little wiggle room.”
Once they get the data, nonpartisan redistricting staff will need to process the raw data and turn it into a whole new set of congressional and legislative maps. The extra time won’t shift the Independent Congressional Redistricting Commission’s new schedule for releasing staff maps, Shipley said, with the first staff map based on 2020 data slated for release on Sept. 5.”
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Vo Thy and Sandra Fish. The Colorado Sun 9 August 2021.