What is the Census?
The actual enumeration shall be made within three years after the first meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent term of 10 years, in such manner as they shall by Law direct."-- Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution of the United States.
The U.S. Census counts every resident in the United States. It is mandated by Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution and takes place every 10 years. The data collected by the decennial census determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives and is also used to distribute billions in federal funds to local communities. SOURCE: http://2010.census.gov/2010census/data/
Loudon County is growing
The newly released census data indicates Loudon County has grown. In 2000 the population was 39,087 and now the 2010 census data estimates Loudon County's population at 48,556 for an increase of 9.469, or about 24 percent (24%) overall increase. With the new census data, redistricting plans will follow.
Redistricting plans underway
So far, nothing has been said about redistricting at any commission workshop, and its not on the agenda this month. But according to the CTAS website, all county officials received a Memo in March from Tom Fleming, Director of the State of Tennessee Office of Local Government. This matter concerns you. You have a right to know what government plans to do in the months ahead. I hope you find this information helpful.
"Its redistricting time in Tennessee!
The following is a memorandum sent by Tom Fleming, Director of the State of Tennessee Office of Local Government.
Once every ten years in conjunction with the decennial census, local governments are required to redistrict and reapportion their legislative bodies according to state law. That time is almost here. This memo is designed to discuss some of the issues associated with redistricting and share with you our role in this process.
The Office of Local Government currently maintains all county commission district and voting precinct maps. Serving as the redistricting data repository, we will also receive and distribute 2010 census related information (maps and population figures) to local officials responsible for redistricting. Assisting us in this process are two organizations, the County Technical Assistance Service (CTAS) and the Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of Local Planning. Not only will these organizations assist with distribution of redistricting materials but more importantly will be available to provide technical assistance in developing new district plans. Counties that need or ask for assistance will be distributed among these two organizations and the Office of Local Government. Someone from CTAS or Local Planning will be contacting you to inquire about the level of assistance you may need.
Our office will not receive the 2010 census population data until April,* therefore, the actual work involved with redistricting will not begin until June or July. The statutorial deadline to complete redistricting is January 1, 2012. Depending on when the census maps and population data are available, you will only have between five and six months to develop and finalize a new county commission district plan. As a result, we recommend that local officials
Establish a redistricting committee
Review your current districts
Review private acts in your county
Read the manual that will be sent out
Appoint a technical lead or point of contact person in your county to avoid confusion
Being proactive in the redistricting process can help assure that you have a smoother transition when its time to redistrict. Due to a potential backlog of final map requests from our office in November and December, it may be a good idea to set your own deadline much sooner than January 1. In the near future, you should expect to receive an updated version of a redistricting manual. Many of you may be familiar with this document from the 2001 round of redistricting. We have spent the last month revising it with current information. The manual provides an in-depth review of the legal, technical and data requirements of local redistricting. Whether this is your first, second, or third time involved with redistricting, the manual is a good place to start. As soon as the redistricting manual is complete, distribution will be made to all involved parties. We look forward to working with you throughout this process. If you have any questions about this memorandum or the redistricting process, please feel free to contact David Tirpak at 615-401-7820 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*NOTE: Census data was released earlier than projected. See below.
2010 Census Data Released
The 2010 Census data for Tennessee was released this week and can be found here: http://2010.census.gov/2010census/data/
SOURCE: MARCH CTAS UT NEWSLETTER