Finally, the final county-by-county census data – Conduit Street
Maryland’s planning department released its adjusted numbers for the 2020 census this week, paving the way for district drafting commissions to draw new boundaries in time for next year’s midterm elections.
While census data was released to all states on August 12, 2021, Maryland is one of nine states required by state law to reassign incarcerated residents to their last known address. By incorporating this adjusted census data into the portal, residents can now begin creating their own redistricting maps.
According to a press release:
The Map Submission Portal, loaded with the adjusted data and including step-by-step instructions on how to submit a map, is now live. Map submissions will be reviewed by the Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission (Citizens Commission) prior to map drawing if received by noon Friday, September 24. Additional submissions after the Citizens Commission draws their maps will also be accepted at Round 3 meetings in October. Information about map submissions can be found at redistricting.maryland.gov.
Summary demographic data for all counties in Maryland and the city of Baltimore can be found here. Complete data published by the US Census Bureau for Maryland can be found here.
The United States Constitution places the census at the foundation of our democracy by calling for a count of the nation’s residents every 10 years. Census results determine how many seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and the data is essential for determining congressional, state, and local legislative districts.
In addition, census data generates billions of dollars in federal funding for education, health, transportation, housing, community services, and job training. Additionally, businesses and industries decide where to locate new facilities and services based on census data, creating new jobs and promoting economic growth.
An accurate census count has a lasting effect on counties, especially when it comes to the distribution of federal funds. Conversely, an undercounted population can result in a significant drop in federal funding to county governments or county residents.
In Maryland, the General Assembly has primary power to draw the boundaries of the congressional and state legislative district.
The governor, assisted by an advisory commission, submits a proposal for the legislative redistribution of the State. The legislature may adopt its own plan by joint resolution. If the legislature does not approve its own plan, the governor’s plan takes effect. Congressional lines are drawn solely by the legislature.
During a recent episode of the Duct Street Podcast, Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson explain the importance of new 2020 Census data for state and local redistricting, break down the nuts and bolts of Maryland’s redistricting process, and detail key timelines in the race to chart new new borders in time for next year’s midterm elections.
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