Redistricting timeline update: California and Connecticut set final deadlines

Here’s a summary of recent redistricting updates from California, Connecticut, New Jersey, Nevada, and Washington.

California: On Sept. 22, 2021, the California Supreme Court set a Nov. 15, 2021, deadline for the release of initial draft district plans by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission. The court also set a Dec. 27, 2021, deadline for the delivery of final district plans to the secretary of state.

Connecticut: According to the Connecticut Constitution, the Reapportionment Committee was required to select a map, which needed two-thirds approval from both chambers of the Connecticut General Assembly, by Sept. 15, 2021. The committee did not meet this deadline due to delays in the release of census data and was disbanded. Under state law, since the initial eight-member Reapportionment Committee did not meet the Sept. 15 deadline, a nine-member Reapportionment Commission was formed with a final deadline of Nov. 30, 2021.

New Jersey: On Oct. 5, 2021, the New Jersey Congressional Redistricting Commission announced it would hold ten public hearings, five of which would be in-person and five of which would be virtual. The first virtual hearing will be held on Oct. 23 at 10 a.m., the first in-person hearing will be held on Oct. 26 at 6 p.m., and the second virtual hearing will be held at 10 a.m. on Oct. 30.

Nevada: The Nevada Committee to Conduct an Investigation into Matters Relating to Reapportionment and Redistricting held its first public meeting on Oct. 7, 2021. Committee Chair Brittney Miller (D) said the committee will hold at least three public hearings. One will be held in the Reno metro area, one in the Las Vegas metro area, and another in Carson City.

Washington: In an Oct. 14, 2021 press release, the Washington State Redistricting Commission reminded the public that third-party maps should be submitted by Oct. 22 in order to receive full consideration. Maps can still be sent until Nov. 15, but the commission said “we notify the public of the suggested deadline only to ensure that Commissioners have the time to properly consider public submissions.”