This year, redistricters and reformers will have extra time to get it right - but will also have to adapt. Last week, Roll Call reported on the delay of population counts to apportion the number of Congressional seats per state, and detailed redistricting data for line-drawing. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that population counts will be delayed by four months to the end of April, and redistricting data may not arrive until the end of summer.
“There have been tests [of the system] before — some state[s] ha[ve] been late with their data. Certainly nothing like the systemic and widespread delay, for obvious reasons, that we’re seeing. That will be coming up and making so many state governments basically do improv,” said Jason Rhode, the national coordinator of the Princeton Gerrymandering Project.