Nevertheless, that gained’t assist state governments on a ticking constitutional clock.
After the Census announcement Wednesday, the Nationwide Convention of State Legislatures launched a five-point plan for states coping with the issues attributable to the delays. States can petition their courts for aid, change their redistricting legal guidelines, modify their main and submitting dates, make “greatest guess” maps with preliminary knowledge, or create a backup physique to attract maps shortly with the late knowledge, NCSL mentioned.
Wendy Underhill, the director for the group’s elections and redistricting program, mentioned the later the method goes the extra it might flummox the precise operating of the following set of elections. Election officers should draw up new precincts and place voters within the correct spots, she mentioned, on a decent timeframe.
“‘Oh, simply transfer your main date.’ I’m not saying that’s straightforward, however it’s a factor states may be taking a look at,” Underhill mentioned.
Two states have legislative elections this yr, New Jersey and Virginia, that might be affected by the delay. Final yr, New Jersey voters handed a constitutional modification permitting the legislature to run this yr on the previous boundary traces and redistrict earlier than the 2023 legislative elections. Virginia, nonetheless, didn’t cross an modification or laws to cope with a delay.