The results of the 2020 census are projected to alter the balance of power in the House of Representatives and the Electoral College. Census counts dictate the number of representatives appointed to a state, and the number of votes in the Electoral College.
Traditionally, census counts are due by the end of the year. However, 2020’s count was delayed due to complications faced during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns. Numbers were virtually presented at a conference Monday, and have been added to the Census Bureau’s website. New population counts permit six states to gain a seat in the House, while seven are set to lose a seat. With the highest addition, Texas will gain two seats, while Colorado, Florida, Montana, North Carolina and Oregon all gain one. The states losing a seat include California, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
Although Texas and Florida gained seats, they did not perform as well as expected. According to demographers, this is the result of population estimates being slightly higher than census counts. Losses in New York and California are unsurprising, as both states have experienced negative net domestic migration – meaning that more residents left the state than moved in. New York was only 89 citizens short of keeping its seat. Analysts expect the GOP to reclaim the majority in the House of Representatives following the 2022 elections. The alterations to the Electoral College will take effect in the 2024 Presidential Election. More 2020 Census data is to be released in the following weeks.
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ARTICLE: ANTOINETTE AHO
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