U.S. Census Bureau Releases 2020 Census Redistricting Data and a First Look at AI/AN Population Data
August 16, 2021
The U.S. Census Bureau held a news conference on August 12, 2021 on their release of the 2020 Census P.L. 94-171 Redistricting Data File. This is the second major data product from the 2020 Census after the release of apportionment data in April 2021. This data release begins the official redistricting process at the state and local levels and the data is available in the “legacy format,” which requires special methods to analyze. By September 30, 2021, the data will be released to the public in easier to use formats.
States primarily use the P.L. 94-171 Redistricting Data File to draw new congressional, state, and local districts that will influence representation, voting, and the allocation of new resources to communities. The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) is a part of the Coalition Hub Advancing Redistricting and Grassroots Engagement (C.H.A.R.G.E.) initiative, and its civic engagement team is conducting trainings for tribal communities to encourage their participation in state and local redistricting efforts. Local advocates can define local communities of interest, testify at local hearings on redistricting, and talk about the importance of fair elections, accurate redistricting, and the need for all communities to get the representation and resources they deserve.
“NCAI is excited to see the 2020 Census results that show a more diverse America,” said NCAI President Fawn Sharp. “We are also excited that the official redistricting season can now begin with today’s release of the redistricting data. We are encouraging all Tribal Nations to participate in their local and state redistricting efforts to ensure that Tribal Nations are fairly represented and have access to the resources they need and deserve.”