Census and Redistricting:
Count everyone once, only once, and in the right location.
The U.S. and Kansas constitutions require that Kansas Congressional and legislative districts be based on the population as counted in the most recent decennial United States Census. The first step in ensuring equal representation in those bodies is a complete and accurate count of the population. Census questionnaires will be sent out in mid-March 2020, and you will be counted at your usual residence on April 1, 2020.
Fair representation is dependent upon the Census Bureau obtaining a complete and accurate count of every person living in Kansas. Historically, certain segments of the population have been undercounted: children under 5, college students, racial and ethnic minorities, and transient or homeless individuals. States and localities whose populations are undercounted will be short changed for representation and federal funding for at least a decade.
(Graphic below courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau. Scroll graphic to select county).
Census Links and Resources
- Complete Count Committees – State, tribal, and local efforts to ensure a complete Census count of residents.
- Where will the residents be counted? – The Census Bureau sets residency criteria based on the concept of “usual residence,” the place where a person lives and sleeps most of the time. This place is not necessarily the same as the person’s voting residence or legal residence. Read more about the Census residency criteria here.
- Associated Press coverage of Census developments.
Redistricting Links and Resources
- Census Law and Terminology related to Redistricting
- Links to current Kansas legislative, congressional, and State Board of Education district maps and information. (These are the current districts created by the court in Essex v. Kobach.)
- Guidelines adopted by the Legislative committees assigned to 2012 redistricting in Kansas
- Brief overview of the redistricting process in the Kansas Legislature
- Redistricting in Surrounding States
- Radio program “With Good Reason” episode called “Gerry-Rigged.” This program provides a basic tutorial on redistricting and gerrymandering, produced by Virginia Humanities.
- National Conference of State Legislatures’ website “Redistricting Resources” (The NCSL is a non-partisan membership organization for legislators and their staff). Other helpful links from the NCSL:
- Brennan Center for Justice: