U.S. Census Bureau releases initial data: Ohio to lose Congressional seat
Published by: Andrew Canan
May 5, 2021 | Government Affairs
The Ohio Credit Union League constantly monitors all ongoing developments that could impact who is representing credit union interests; both in Congress and at the Statehouse. Last week, the United States Census Bureau released their initial population counts and as expected, Ohio will be losing one of its Congressional seats, sliding from 16 to 15 seats. As the initial counts only go down to the state level – meaning they have not yet released the data on which parts of the state are gaining or losing population – we do not yet know the specific impacts on the congressional lines. Each district will contain approximately 760,000 people. In addition to a new redistricting process, which was approved via amendments to the Ohio Constitution by voters in 2015 and 2016, the Ohio General Assembly faces difficult circumstances as the Bureau previously announced the state-specific data delivery would be moved from March 31 to Sept. 30.
As the Ohio Constitution has a Sept. 30 deadline for drawing its state House, Senate, and congressional districts, State Senate President Matt Huffman (R-Lima) had proposed a potential constitutional amendment to go before voters in August that would move the respective deadlines to Nov. 3 and 17 but decided not to move forward with the proposal as Democratic leaders opposed the idea and want to seek an extension through the Ohio Supreme Court rather than a constitutional amendment. We will continue to monitor the impact of these changes, reach out to Senior Manager of Political and Grassroots Andrew Canan for updates.
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