Redistricting Update: The numbers will be here next week

By Craig McDermott, cross-posted from Random Musings

…and then the real work begins.

From a U.S. Census Bureau press release

Media Advisory — Census Bureau to Release Local 2010 Census Data for Arizona, California, Connecticut, Idaho, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin

What:  Next week, the U.S. Census Bureau anticipates releasing local-level 2010 Census population counts for Arizona, California, Connecticut, Idaho, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. For each state, the Census Bureau will provide summaries of population totals, as well as data on race, Hispanic origin and voting age for multiple geographies within the state, such as census blocks, tracts, voting districts, cities, counties and school districts.

According to Public Law 94-171, the Census Bureau must provide redistricting data to the 50 states no later than April 1 of the year following the census. As a result, the Census Bureau is delivering the data state-by-state on a flow basis in February and March. All states will receive their data by April 1, 2011.

When:  Each state's geographic products and redistricting data are first delivered to the state's leadership, such as the governor and majority and minority leaders in the state legislative body. Upon confirmation of delivery to the state leadership, we will release a news release with five custom tables of data. Within 24 hours, the full set of five detailed tables will be available to the public online at http://factfinder2.census.gov/.

For more information on the Census Bureau's Redistricting Data Program, visit http://www.census.gov/rdo/.

Online Press Kit:  For more information about the U.S. Census Bureau, please visit http://www.census.gov/ and http://2010.census.gov/news/press-kits/redistricting.html and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and YouTube (/uscensusbureau).

While I and many other observers have been caught up covering the bits of drama surrounding the formation of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, those events were nothing more than a few spring training games taking place prior to a long regular season.

Now there's an Arizona metaphor for ya… 🙂

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