The latest U.S. Census reveals that the 2020 decennial count may cause California to lose a seat in Congress, according to the Wall Street Journal.
This would be the first time in California’s history.
Other “Sun Belt” states may gain congressional representation.
Political power is shifting away from the Northeast and Midwest toward the Southeast and Southwest.
Residents seem to be moving to states with warm weather, strong job growth, cheaper housing and, in some cases, lower taxes.
U.S. Census Bureau released updates on the state’s population changes through July 1 in California.
“Based on Monday’s figures, Texas is poised to gain two congressional seats, and Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Montana, North Carolina and Oregon are expected to gain one,” Breitbart reported.
“Eight states are expected to lose one seat: California, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and West Virginia,” the report added.
“The actual reapportionment calculation will take place by December 2020, with its details worked out in 2021. Each state will redraw its legislative maps, and those that have more than one congressional seat will redraw districts as well.”
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The likely loss in representation would come despite California helping to lead the “resistance” to President Donald Trump’s proposal to add a question to the Census asking respondents if they are U.S. citizens. California and other states feared that they could lose congressional seats if they were subsequently apportioned based on the number of citizens rather than the number of residents; California is a prime destination for immigrations, including illegal ones.
The Court ruled against the administration — one of the few times it has done so. California may lose a seat anyway.
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Losing one of its 53 seats “would also mean the loss of one vote in the electoral college” to determine the presidency, Capitol Weekly noted earlier this year.