By: Follow South Jersey Staff
SOUTH JERSEY — The New Jersey Congressional Redistricting Commission will hold its fifth and final meeting with public testimony on Saturday, November 20 at 10:00 a.m. The meeting will be virtual via Zoom.
US congressional seats are allocated to each state in proportion to each state’s population. Redistricting takes place every ten years after a census to adjust for any population changes from the previous decade.
Congressional redistricting is the process of redrawing the boundary lines of congressional districts to make sure they are equal in population so that each person in the state is equally represented in the US House of Representatives.
New Jersey will not lose a House seat because, according to the 2020 Census, the state’s population is 9,288,994, up 497,100 from the 2010 figure of 8,791,894, a 6% increase.
District 2, covering most of South Jersey, may see an effect since it was the only congressional district in the state that lost population according to the 2020 Census. That district is currently represented by Republican Rep. Jeff Van Drew.
The bipartisan commission is made up of six Democrats and six Republicans with retired state Supreme Court Justice John E. Wallace Jr. serving as the chair.
The New Jersey Constitution states that the commission must adopt the new congressional districts map by majority vote and certify it to the New Jersey Secretary of State no later than Tuesday, January 18, 2022.
“However, if the commission is not able to certify a congressional districts plan by that date, the New Jersey Supreme Court is required to certify one of the two district plans receiving the greatest number of votes (but not fewer than five votes), based on which of the two plans conforms most closely to federal legal and constitutional requirements,” according to the NJ Congressional Redistricting website.
Democrats curranty hold 10 of the state’s 12 U.S. House seats.
To register to attend the meeting and make a request to testify, go to https://www.njredistrictingcommission.org/RegistrationForm1120.asp.
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