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State to lose Congressional seat based on 2020 Census

Apr 27, 2021 6:00 am

Emilie Munson is reporting for the Times Union New York will lose a seat in Congress and an Electoral College vote based on new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau April 26. U.S. Census officials said if New York counted 89 more people, and the population data for all other states remained the same, the state would not be losing a seat. "It’s like voting, every person counts," said Dan Lamb, lecturer at Cornell's Institute for Public Affairs. "Any time there is a near miss like that you start to wonder what could you have been." Seven states, including New York, California, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, will each lose one seat in Congress. Six states will gain seats. Texas will add two seats, while Colorado, Florida, Missouri, North Carolina, and Oregon will each gain a seat. Plus, states that are gaining Congressional seats will also gain Electoral College votes in presidential elections. It will now be up to the state's 10-member Independent Redistricting Commission to decide which congressional seat New York will lose and how to redraw the map. The Census Bureau promised to deliver the full data set used for redrawing the maps to the state by the end of September. That information will pinpoint where the population declines took place. It also means the final district maps that will be used for the 2022 elections may not be available until the end of the year. According to the data released, New York's population grew by 4.2 percent from 2010 to 2020 and more people moved out of the state than moved in, Census officials said. The state gained 823,147 residents from 2010 to 2020 for a total of 20,201,249 residents in 2020. In addition, 28,451 fewer federal employees living overseas claimed a New York residence from 2010 to 2020. Utah saw the greatest population increase of any state, followed by Texas and North Dakota. West Virginia, Illinois and Mississippi lost population. Read the full story in the Times Union.

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