U.S. Census Bureau announced it will not be able to distribute redistricting data to states until this fall. Initially, the Census was required to have data to states by April 1, 2021. States will not receive the data to begin the redrawing of congressional and state legislative districts until September 30, 2021.
Several requirements must be met before a proposed statewide issue can be placed on the ballot. Links explaining those procedures can be found here. The Ohio Ballot Board’s role in the process is first to determine whether the petition language contains a single issue and secondly, to prescribe the official ballot language and any missing arguments for each statewide issue.
The results of the census determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and they are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts. In addition, the census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, corporations and many others use to provide daily services, products, new jobs/businesses and support for you and your community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data.
Census partners are vital to ensuring a complete and accurate count. As trusted voices in your communities, you play a key role in raising awareness that the 2020 Census is easy, safe, and important. This is an opportunity to get involved and to help shape the future of your community. Become a Partner with Census 2020!