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Government Redistricting Websites

Government websites on redistricting.

Government Redistricting Websites

The decennial population Census of the United States is constitutionally required for determining congressional representation. After each decennial census, the Census Bureau assigns each state the number of seats it will have in the U.S. House of Representatives for the next ten years. Individual states are given the responsibility of drawing legislative boundaries for congressional districts as well as for state legislative districts. In some states, this process is done by the state legislature (for example, Indiana) and in other states it is done by independent commissions. This process occurred following the 2011 release of state population data from the 2010 Census. It will occur again in 2021 following release of 2020 decennial census population data.

The COVID-19 pandemic has delayed collecting and release of Census data including redistricting data which is now targeted to be delivered to states. between July 1-September 30, 2020. Census Bureau redistricting data will now be delivered to states on Sept. 30, 2021 according to this Census press release from February 12, 2021.

Useful scholarly journal article databases on this subject include:

America:  History and Life (Provides access to articles from U.S. & Canadian History journals)

CQ Congress Collection Allows historical and contemporary analysis of members of Congress, their voting records, interest groups, and how they craft public policy.

CQ Magazine (CQ Weekly)  Covers articles from this periodical from 1983-present.
Nexis Uni (Provides access to law review articles and federal and state court opinions)
Worldwide Political Science Abstracts (Provides access to political science journals)

Sample Library of Congress subject searches you can conduct in Purdue Libraries online catalog for books on this topic include: 

Most state governments have websites featuring information about their redistricting practices and policies. Examples of general resources on redistricting can be found at the following sites which describe post 2000 and 2010 population census redistricting:

Redistricting Websites by State

Most U.S. states have redistricting websites, some have more than one.