Texas, Florida amongst states to realize U.S. Home seats in newest census By Reuters
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By Joseph Ax
(Reuters) -Texas, Florida and North Carolina are among the many states that can add congressional seats subsequent yr, the U.S. Census Bureau mentioned on Monday, because it launched inhabitants information that reapportions U.S. Home of Representatives members and Electoral Faculty votes among the many states.
The discharge of the info, which captured your complete U.S. inhabitants as of April 2020, units the stage for a battle that would reshape political energy in Washington over the following decade.
Underneath the U.S. Structure, the 435 seats within the Home and the votes within the Electoral Faculty that choose the U.S. president each 4 years are divided among the many 50 states primarily based on inhabitants, with each state receiving at the very least one congressional seat.
The seats are reallocated each 10 years following the decennial census depend.
Texas will obtain two congressional seats, and 5 states – Florida, North Carolina, Colorado, Montana and Oregon – will acquire one congressional seat every, the census bureau mentioned.
New York, California, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia will every lose one seat.
The shift in seats to states similar to Texas and Florida, the place Republicans management the statehouses, might be sufficient to erase Democrats’ razor-thin majority within the Home. Republicans in each of these states have prior to now engaged in aggressive gerrymandering, the method by which maps are intentionally redrawn to learn one get together over one other.
Each state makes use of the census information to redraw strains each for districts and 1000’s of state legislative seats, a course of generally known as redistricting.
That work can’t be accomplished till the census releases extra exact block-by-block information, which is slated for September. The delay has raised considerations about whether or not states can have time to finish redistricting forward of subsequent yr’s midterm elections.
The U.S. Supreme Courtroom dominated in 2019 that federal courts don’t have any energy to limit political gerrymandering, though racial gerrymandering – which goals to curb the political energy of particular racial or ethnic teams – stays illegal.
The 4 most populous U.S. states – California, Texas, Florida and New York – have greater than 110 million residents mixed and can maintain about one-third of the Home seats.
The shift of seven seats amongst 13 states was the smallest variety of seats transferring amongst states in any decade for the reason that present methodology of calculating them was adopted in 1941, officers mentioned.
General, the U.S. inhabitants stood at 331,449,281 as of April 2020, a 7.4% improve over the earlier decade, in accordance with the company. That rise is the second-slowest in historical past, behind solely the Thirties, census officers mentioned.
Utah’s inhabitants grew sooner than another state’s, growing by greater than 18% since 2010. Solely three states misplaced inhabitants, led by West Virginia, which noticed its inhabitants lower by 3.2%.
Washington, D.C., the nation’s capital, grew by 14.6% to a inhabitants of 689,545. Congressional Democrats have handed laws to confess the district because the 51st state, however Republicans oppose the measure.
The territory of Puerto Rico, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria in 2017, has seen its inhabitants lower by 11.8% since 2010.
Wyoming stays the least populated state, with 576,851 residents.