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Dave's Redistricting App 2.0

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Dave's Redistricting App 2.0
by Dave Bradlee
http://gardow.com/davebradlee/default.html

This application lets you draw congressional districts
the way you think they should be. It uses real data from
the U.S. Census Bureau (currently Census 2000 +
estimates from 2008). It's easy to use, especially given
the power it gives.

I hope to continue to improve the application during
2011 and upload Census 2010 data when it becomes
available. Give it a try!

The application runs on Windows and Mac and requires
Silverlight 4.0 (it will ask you to download if you
don't have it already).

Redistricting

Redistricting is the process of creating or changing
district boundaries for congress, for a state
legislature or for local elected offices.

Every 10 years after the U.S. census is taken, the seats
in the House of Representatives are reapportioned among
the states based on population. After the 2010 census
some states will lose seats and others will gain. Each
state has its own process for drawing the boundaries;
some are fairly non-partisan; others highly partisan.

Check out Swing State Project for a lot of good
information on political races around the country. You
can find a lot of diaries on redistricting, including
many where people have used my redistricting app (see
below). My Swing State page has the diaries I've
written there.

Do Your Own Redistricting

I've created a free web application so you can create
your own congressional districts. With this app you can
select a state and the number of congressional districts
and then create your districts by sweeping the mouse
across the map.

Main Features

The application has a lot of features. You can

* Select a state and a number of congressional districts
(CDs) [up to 500 CDs can be created, allowing you to do
legislative districts, too.]

* Use the mouse to sweep across map assigning voting
districts to CDs

* Create CDs automatically to match the current CDs *
Pan/Zoom

* Save/Open your work in XML

* Show and Unshow city names, counties, old CDs

* Show the state colored by demographics or partisan
data (if available)

* Create views of zoomed in areas and save views as
JPEGs

* Change colors and color opaqueness

Launch Dave's Redistricting Tool:
http://gardow.com/davebradlee/redistricting/davesredistricting2.0.aspx

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U.S. Census Bureau Announces 2010 Census Population
Counts -- Apportionment Counts Delivered to President
Public Information Office, U.S. Census Bureau
December 21, 2010
http://2010.census.gov/news/releases/operations/cb10-cn93.html

The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that the 2010
Census showed the resident population of the United
States on April 1, 2010, was 308,745,538.

The resident population represented an increase of 9.7
percent over the 2000 U.S. resident population of
281,421,906. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, Acting
Commerce Deputy Secretary Rebecca Blank and Census
Bureau Director Robert Groves unveiled the official
counts at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

"A big thanks to the American public for its
overwhelming response to the 2010 Census," U.S. Commerce
Secretary Gary Locke said. "The result was a successful
count that came in on time and well under budget, with a
final 2010 Census savings of $1.87 billion."

Rebecca Blank, now Acting Deputy Secretary of Commerce
who has overseen the 2010 Census as Under Secretary for
Economic Affairs, echoed Locke. "The 2010 Census was a
massive undertaking, and in reporting these first
results, we renew our commitment to our great American
democracy peacefully, fairly and openly for the 23rd
time in our nation's history."

The U.S. resident population represents the total number
of people in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The most populous state was California (37,253,956); the
least populous, Wyoming (563,626). The state that gained
the most numerically since the 2000 Census was Texas (up
4,293,741 to 25,145,561) and the state that gained the
most as a percentage of its 2000 Census count was Nevada
(up 35.1% to 2,700,551).

Regionally, the South and the West picked up the bulk of
the population increase, 14,318,924 and 8,747,621,
respectively. But the Northeast and the Midwest also
grew: 1,722,862 and 2,534,225.

Additionally, Puerto Rico's resident population was
3,725,789, a 2.2 percent decrease over the number
counted a decade earlier.

Just before today's announcement, Locke delivered the
apportionment counts to President Obama, 10 days before
the statutory deadline of Dec. 31. The apportionment
totals were calculated by a congressionally defined
formula, in accordance with Title 2 of the U.S. Code, to
divide among the states the 435 seats in the U.S. House
of Representatives. The apportionment population
consists of the resident population of the 50 states,
plus the overseas military and federal civilian
employees and their dependents living with them who
could be allocated to a state. Each member of the House
represents, on average, about 710,767 people. The
populations of the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico
are excluded from the apportionment population, as they
do not have voting seats in Congress.

"The decennial count has been the basis for our
representative form of government since 1790," Groves
said. "At that time, each member of the House
represented about 34,000 residents. Since then, the
House has more than quadrupled in size, with each member
now representing about 21 times as many constituents."

President Obama will transmit the apportionment counts
to the 112th Congress during the first week of its first
regular session in January. The reapportioned Congress
will be the 113th, which convenes in January 2013.

Beginning in February and wrapping up by March 31, 2011,
the Census Bureau will release demographic data to the
states on a rolling basis so state governments can start
the redistricting process.

Article I, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution calls for
a census of the nation's population every 10 years to
apportion the House seats among the states. The 2010
Census is the 23rd census in our nation's history.

[moderator: a spreadsheet with the apportionment numbers
may be found here -
http://2010.census.gov/news/xls/apport2010_table1.xls]

[moderator: a spreadsheet comparing the 2000 and 2010
population may be found here -
http://2010.census.gov/news/xls/apport2010_table5.xls

[moderator: a short (1:52) video describing the
apportionment process may be found here -
http://2010.census.gov/mediacenter/census-data/census-apportionment-machine.php]

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