New Jersey Globe’s Nikita Biryukov reports
The delay of New Jersey’s legislative redistricting was drawn into certainty Monday after a federal deputy attorney general said less-discrete data used to apportion House seats wouldn’t be available until at least Feb. 9.
Under a constitutional amendment voters approved in November, the state won’t redraw legislative district lines until 2023 if the state doesn’t receive census data by Feb. 15, and it now appears certain that New Jersey won’t have the data in time.
It’s possible the house reapportionment figures will be delayed even further as Census Bureau officials work to remedy unspecified anomalies.
Though it is not required to do so, the bureau typically provides counts early to New Jersey and Virginia, which hold state elections in odd-numbered years, when there are usually no federal candidates on the ballot.
But the Census Bureau’s counts and data processing have both seen months-long delays spurred by the pandemic.