The New York Census and Redistricting Institute, launched in November 2019, engages and educates public institutions, nonprofit organizations, and the public about law and policy relating to the national census in 2020 and subsequent city and state redistricting.
The Institute’s activities include:
- Advising state and local government officials on best practices and strategies to ensure that all New Yorkers are counted in the 2020 Census.
- Partnering with organizations conducting census outreach to provide them with technical guidance and assistance as they develop public engagement programs.
- Providing briefings and assistance to members of the U.S. Congress, State Legislature, and City Council on how to effectively count “hard-to-count communities” where census response rates are lowest.
- After the 2020 Census, offering expertise on the upcoming redistricting process, in which the State Legislature will appoint a new advisory redistricting commission for the first time.
- Analyzing the redistricting processes employed by municipalities throughout New York and working with municipalities on their own redistricting processes.
- Researching court decisions to provide information relevant to potential redistricting litigation and guidance on potential reforms to the redistricting process.
- Engaging in related public policy developments affecting voting and elections in the city and state, especially as the city may adopt ranked-choice voting and similarly impactful election reforms.
- Providing access to cloud-based redistricting platforms where students and the public can engage in drawing model legislative districts.
Adjunct Professor and Senior Fellow Jeffrey M. Wice
Jeffrey M. Wice, a national census expert and preeminent authority on New York redistricting, has joined NYLS as a Senior Fellow and leads the Institute’s legal and policy efforts. Mr. Wice has over 40 years of experience working in redistricting, voting rights, and census law. He has assisted many state legislative leaders, members of Congress, and other state and local government officials on redistricting and voting rights matters across the nation. He writes a blog, New York Election News, the only blog that covers New York election law, legislation, litigation and administrative matters relating to election law, census, voting rights, and redistricting.
Read Professor Wice’s CityLand article, “Mapping the New Senate, Assembly, and Congressional Districts.”