How The Census Results Affect Redistricting

Published: Wednesday, August 18, 2021 - 11:36am
Updated: Wednesday, August 18, 2021 - 11:50am
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Late last week, the U.S. Census Bureau released the official figures on the nation’s population and which states gained or lost residents.

Census results are meaningful in multiple ways, including determining how much federal funding particular areas will receive.

From a more specifically political standpoint, the census acts as a starting line for the redistricting race.

Thirteen states, including Arizona, have an independent commission to determine how districts are drawn — while eight others have panels with nonpartisan or bipartisan requirements.

To learn about redistricting — and gerrymandering — and the census, The Show spoke with David Daley, journalist and author of a couple of books on the subject, including his most recent, "Unrigged: How Americans Are Battling Back to Save Democracy."

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