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Geo-Elections. Tampa, Florida December 6, 2012 Cathy McCully James Whitehorne Census Redistricting Data Office RDO@Census.gov or 301-763-4039. Redistricting Data .

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  1. Geo-Elections Tampa, Florida December 6, 2012 Cathy McCully James Whitehorne Census Redistricting Data Office RDO@Census.gov or 301-763-4039

  2. Redistricting Data • The Redistricting Data Office is responsible for designing each decennial’s redistricting data program and serving as the census liaison to the state legislatures and governors offices as well as the executive staff at Census and Commerce. • It is our goal to receive first hand feedback on the previous redistricting program for planning the next “view from the states”

  3. States Impact onRedistricting Data • History 1960’s -- Equal size demands from the courts led to Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 1970’s – Pre-TIGER, pre block-numbering, used enumeration districts and block groups 1974 -- NCSL first survey of the view from the states 1975 -- Passage of P.L. 94-171 1980 -- Contract Block Program—states needed small area geography.

  4. Redistricting Data • 1990 - 3 phase program—new BBSP/VTD • 2000 - 3 phase program-Enhanced • 2010 - 5 phase program • 2020 - Currently in design phase for a federal register announcement in 2014.

  5. State Impact on Redistricting Data • Retrogression—knowledge of each file and associated geography key to understanding program and your impact. • What was included in the 2010 file? School districts-new Housing unit tallies-vacant/occupied- kinda new Advanced Group Quarters File-new

  6. Voting Rights Data • ACS supports Section 203 Language Determinations and the CVAP special tabulation. • CVAP—so far 2 iterations, one more soon. • Section 203, October 2011, one more in 2016

  7. Redistricting Data • Later this morning you will get a complete summary of available data products. • What you can expect soon? • 113th Congress Data • Shape files available now • Summary data from 2010 coming in June 2013 • Maps –Spring • ASC 1, 3 and 5 year estimates • Relationship files • State Legislative District Summary Files

  8. Redistricting Data • So where are we now? • Just collected all the new congressional/legislative plans—Thank you! • Working with the ACSO to ensure these new geographies are included in the 2012 ACS data suite—1-3 & 5 Year Estimates • Legislative Districts – 5 Year Estimates Only • Working on the 2010 review with states for the “View Towards 2020”. That’s what we’re doing here today.

  9. The Challenge • Data Collection Cost per Household has risen steadily from $14 in 1970 to $96 in 2010. Without change, cost per case will continue to grow steeply. • Cost drivers include diverse populations, demand for improved accuracy, lack of public participation during self response and address canvassing.

  10. Potential cost savings • Minimize field follow-up with the use of administrative records for data collection. • Automating field operations • 2020 will embrace available technologies to contact and inform respondents, replacing traditional mail out/mail back procedures. • Continually update the Bureau’s address list to reduce costs by targeting our final canvassing efforts later in the decade.

  11. What this means for the Redistricting Data Program • Geographic Programs may be centralized in Headquarters or elsewhere rather than through the remaining 6 regional offices. • New tools to streamline geographic updates are being considered. • Requirements for tool being discussed. • Smaller tests will lead to a prototype product series yet to be defined.

  12. Schedule for 2020 • While the 2020 Census will be like no other – some things never change. • The apportionment counts redistributing the U S House of Representatives are due no later than December 31, 2020. • The redistricting data counts are due to each state no later than April 1, 2021.

  13. What we’ve heard so far • Combining BBSP and VTD into a compressed work schedule not desirable • Need better communication between state, local and federal (census) partners to improve the alignment of geography. • Need a mechanism with the Boundary and Annexation Survey to relay information to the Bureau on incorrect governmental boundaries.

  14. Some thoughts……….. • When planning state capitol trips coordinate around state NACO and county election meetings—suggestions • Include BAS Review in the RDP (James will discuss further shortly) • Timing-issues—first test county good idea but verification was delayed • Testing—issues-get feedback on tool for geographic update. Timing.

  15. Requirements.. • Functionality of geographic update tool • What’s needed • 1. • 2. • 3. • 4. • 5.

  16. Geography • 2010—MAF/TIGER Enhancement • GARP—relationship program had to drop voting districts in order to complete work on schedule. • 2020—GSS-Initiative • Pilots • Focus on address acquisition and quality. • 2015 timing for decision on canvassing operations. • Timing for 2020 Redistricting Data Program

  17. Census Redistricting Data Office • Thanks you for this opportunity to meet with you today. • Please feel free to contact us—we want to hear from you—particularly your ideas for improving the program. Cathy McCully - Chief Catherine.clark.mccully@census.gov James Whitehorne – Assistant Chief James.whitehorne@census.gov 301-763-4039 fax-301-763-4348 rdo@census.gov

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