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Census data coming this week

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The U.S. Census Bureau will hold a news conference Thursday to discuss its release of the first local-level results from the 2020 Census.

The Aug. 12 release of the data is four days ahead of the agency’s Aug. 16 self-imposed deadline.

States use the data on race, Hispanic origin, and the voting-age population to redraw the boundaries of congressional and state legislative districts. Most legislators who intend to run for reelection next year have only filed “letters of intent” because they are not sure what the number of their district will be after the lines are drawn.

The release of the data was delayed by months due to the difficulty of conducting the Census in 2020, with the Covid-19 pandemic hitting during the data-collecting period.

Some of the data has already been released, but this week’s data will start the clock on the redistricting process in Alaska and other states. The lines for state House and Senate districts are expected to shift as a result in advance of the 2022 midterm election.

In April, the overall population of states was released. Alaska has 733,391 residents, according to the Census.

Read: Census report shows 733,391 residents in Alaska

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • Census data? Wow I don’t get this excited except when the new phone books come out!
    Oh. Wait….

  • Let the gerrymandering commence!

    • I worry less about gerrymandering than creeping socialism. But that’s just me.

      • Social programs have been around for a long long time. I’m in line to get my free stuff. God knows I paid my dues over the decades of taxes.

  • Really Suzanne? It couldn’t have been delayed to manipulate the numbers to benefit the party in power? And what qualifies as Hispanic and why does it matter?

  • Do you understand why they used the census the voting machines needed to be rigged. You need data to rig it. One can’t just use any numbers; it would be a clear sign of tampering. Even the ones in charge of elections don’t understand this. The census was the data needed to rig the voting machines; it’s the algorithm dominion wrote with. People, please our nation is at hand. Watch OAN news immediately.

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