Census data delays threaten to tighten Florida redistricting timetable

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Florida’s decennial redistricting process is encountering a pandemic-related delay in data delivery by the U.S. Census Bureau that threatens to hobble an already tight timetable.

The street-level demographic data, originally expected to arrive last spring, is necessary for state legislators to begin the politically fraught work of tracing the boundaries of the state’s legislative and congressional district boundaries.

Census officials have reported that collecting the data has been exceedingly difficult due to the pandemic. While the bureau isn’t committing to a specific target date for the release, legislative leaders are planning on August or September.

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