Connecticut enacts new congressional district boundaries after state supreme court adopts special master’s proposed plan

Connecticut enacted new congressional district boundaries on Feb. 10 when the Connecticut Supreme Court adopted the redistricting plan submitted by a court-appointed special master. Connecticut was apportioned five seats in the U.S. House of Representatives after the 2020 census, the same number it received after the 2010 census. This map will take effect for Connecticut’s 2022 congressional elections.

The state supreme court assumed control over congressional redistricting on Dec. 21, 2021, after the Connecticut Reapportionment Commission missed an extended deadline to complete the process by that date. Under state law, the Reapportionment Commission had assumed responsibility over congressional redistricting after the state’s Reapportionment Committee failed to meet a statutory Sept. 15, 2021, deadline due to delays in the release of census data.

Mark Pazniokas of The Connecticut Mirror wrote that in the adopted plan, “Three of the five districts are solidly Democratic, but the 2nd and the 5th are competitive, while leaning Democratic. Republicans have carried those districts in statewide races, including the 2018 gubernatorial election.”

According to Bloomberg Government‘s Greg Giroux, the map “moved just 71,736 people into new districts—the minimum number necessary to achieve population equality—and shifted the lines in only four municipalities, all of which are already divided between two districts.”

As of Feb. 10, 32 states have adopted congressional district maps, and one state has approved congressional district boundaries that have not yet taken effect. Federal or state courts have blocked previously adopted maps in two states, and nine states have not yet adopted congressional redistricting plans after the 2020 census. Six states were apportioned one U.S. House district, so no congressional redistricting is required. As of Feb. 10, 2012, 38 states had enacted congressional redistricting plans.

Congressional redistricting has been completed for 320 of the 435 seats (73.6%) in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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