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We have been receiving a lot of questions concerning redistricting and the upcoming release of the redrawn maps in North Carolina.
We’ve talked about redistricting a lot, including what it is, why it’s complicated, and what the ideal district sizes are.
Here are some answers to some other common questions we’ve received:
The data used in redistricting are the 2020 Census State Redistricting Data (also referred to as Public Law 94-171 or PL 94-171 data). This data is released for very small geographic areas—down to a census geography known as a “tabulation block.” These small geographies allow lawmakers to better draw districts with equal populations.
North Carolina is one of at least three states where Republican-led legislatures aren’t using racial or party data to draw state lines. (The others are Texas and Ohio.)
FiveThirtyEight has a good recap of what’s happened in North Carolina up through October 27th, when the North Carolina Senate Redistricting and Elections committee released its eighth congressional map, CST-10. The House Redistricting Committee has release one map.
WFAE’s redistricting overview has a great roundup of how redistricting works in North Carolina. The News and Observer’s guide details why lawsuits are likely, and has a slew of other deep-dives on redistricting in the state.
The Center for Urban Research at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York worked in partnership with the NC Counts Coalition to create the Redistricting & You: North Carolina online map. This tool helps individuals compare and analyze proposed district maps in North Carolina.
Maps must be made before December 6, because that’s the day when people can begin filing for congressional races. It’s likely they will be released in early November, according to the AP.
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