The US census has been completed last year and is currently being processed. As a result, states will gain/lose/hold electoral votes and hence members of their congressional delegation. Do states still have to redraw their districts if this number stays the same?

  • Do you mean whether they have to redraw the districts, i.e. they must make a change, or whether they have to re-evaluate the lines, i.e. check if they need to make a change? I would assume you're asking about the latter, no?
    – Flater
    Commented Feb 1, 2021 at 12:49
  • Yes the latter. Where, if the # of districts remain, do they still get redrawn. Commented Feb 2, 2021 at 10:09

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Generally, yes. Even when a state keeps the same number of congressional districts, people might have moved around the state. Districts have to all be approximately equal in population, so when the new census figures come out the state has to make sure that they're still approximately equal. If they're not, the state has to change them so they are.

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    The obvious exception being those states (AK, DE, MT, ND, SD, VT, WY) that have only one Representative.
    – dan04
    Commented Feb 1, 2021 at 3:24

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