Latest Censuses News

Lawmakers given more time to redraw Oregon political lines

Apr. 09, 2021 15:17 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Supreme Court on Friday ruled that the Legislature will have until Sept. 27 to complete the redistricting process, giving lawmakers more time to draw political boundaries following a delay in crucial census data. The unanimous decision...

EXPLAINER: What the release of 2020 census numbers means

Apr. 09, 2021 09:58 AM EDT

After a decade of planning and a head count that took place against the backdrop of an unprecedented pandemic, natural disasters and partisan legal battles, the U.S. Census Bureau is releasing the first numbers from the 2020 census before the end of the month. The state population count...

Iowa Supreme Court says it's ready to handle redistricting

Apr. 08, 2021 17:14 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court issued a rare statement Thursday saying the court plans to take care of legislative redistricting if the Legislature isn't able to handle the task due to the delayed release of information by the U.S. Census. Iowa lawmakers...

Commerce Secretary Raimondo defends census privacy method

Apr. 07, 2021 21:48 PM EDT

Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo on Wednesday defended a controversial privacy technique being used by the U.S. Census Bureau in the 2020 census, a method the agency promised would only make small changes to actual numbers in counts of racial and ethnic groups. The...

Groups: Census privacy tool could hurt voting rights goals

Apr. 05, 2021 18:45 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A new method being used for the first time by the U.S. Census Bureau to protect people's privacy in 2020 census data could hamper voting rights enforcement and make it harder for congressional and legislative districts to have equal populations, according to a report...

Voter groups: Start Ohio map-making despite Census data lag

Apr. 05, 2021 13:12 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A coalition of voting rights groups in Ohio urged state officials and lawmakers on Monday to get moving now to lay the groundwork for redrawing the state's congressional and legislative districts, despite a delay in the underlying Census data. Fair...

Lawsuits over execution of 2020 census near conclusions

Apr. 02, 2021 13:12 PM EDT

Two legal challenges to the Trump administration's execution of the 2020 census neared conclusions this week in the face of changes brought by President Joe Biden's administration since he took office last January. A group of primarily Latino and Asian American advocates...

State's high court floats redistricting extension amid delay

Mar. 31, 2021 13:46 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Supreme Court has floated a plan that would give state lawmakers an extension on a deadline to redraw electoral boundaries because of pandemic-related delays in U.S. Census data. House Speaker Tina Kotek and Senate President Peter Courtney...

Less than half of Americans are members of houses of worship

Mar. 30, 2021 14:56 PM EDT

(RNS) — Ask Americans if they believe in God and most will say yes. But a growing number have lost faith in organized religion. For the first time since the late 1930s, fewer than half of Americans say they belong to a church, synagogue or mosque, according to a new...

Editorial Roundup: Illinois

Mar. 30, 2021 10:24 AM EDT

Arlington Heights Daily Herald. March 25, 2021. Editorial: Census delays are one more reason for Democrats to loosen control over remapping Cynics have long said Illinois will give up partisan control of the all-important remapping process when hell...