Census delay threatens to roil redistricting
Jeff Zalesin, a fellow at the Campaign Legal Center (CLC) whose work focuses on the 2020 census, said that one option may be to postpone those primaries until the state legislatures are able to complete the redistricting process. But Zalesin said it’s also possible that legislators could seek to move forward with the primaries under existing political maps instead of waiting for the new data from the Census bureau. “The legislature in this situation would, under the current constitution, face kind of a choice to either pass some legislation to move the primary dates so the elections could be held under new maps or seek to hold the 2021 legislative elections under the old maps, which invites some risk of being sued,” he said.
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