- The monthslong delay in tallying last year’s census is wreaking havoc on the states with elections this year and next. “It’s just going to be a mess,” said Cal Jillson, a political science professor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
- The stakes are high in states with fast-changing populations: In states that are becoming more diverse, Democrats are eager to wield increased statehouse clout and advance agendas such as expanding voting rights and moving away from mass incarceration.
- States and cities depend on detailed population totals to draw the new districts that determine representation in Congress. Normally, those numbers from the 2020 census would have come out in March, but now they’re delayed until August or September because of pandemic setbacks.
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