Social Explorer Analyses of Congressional Redistricting Proposal in the New York Times by Sydney Beveridge
In “California Would Lose Seats Under Census Change,” Sam Robert writes about the expected reallocation of congressional seats after the next round of redistricting occurs in 2012, and what might affect the outcome.
A new proposal from Louisiana Senator David Vitter would base reapportionment on the number of US citizens in a locality, rather than the “whole number of persons” residing there. The amendment, which would add another question to the decennial census, would shift political power between the states and has already opened up debates about whom to count.
Based on recently released census data and analyses from Social Explorer, Roberts explains what impact the proposal would have on redistricting and representation across the nation and within states.
Social Explorer’s Andrew Beveridge explains:
If Congressional and other redistricting was done in this manner, it would mean that regions of states that had fewer immigrants, such as upstate New York, would gain, while those with many immigrants would lose. This is going to disempower immigrants massively.
The graphic to the left summarizes the potential impacts. Click here to read the whole article.