New York Census and Redistricting Institute
Now that data collection for the 2020 Census has concluded, the New York Census and Redistricting Institute serves as a non-partisan redistricting resource center on congressional, state, and local redistricting processes. It is the first institute of its kind for a New York City academic institution and provides unique and timely research opportunities for New York Law School students.
The Institute advises the public, organizations, and government officials on best practices and strategies on federal, state, and local redistricting processes as well as how to learn about and work with federal census data. It also serves as a "New York State hub," providing information, assistance, and guidance on current activity in Albany and across the state.
The Institute partners with organizations involved with redistricting to provide them with technical guidance and assistance on the law, legislative process, and mapping. It offers briefings, educational materials, and training to members of the U.S. Congress, State Legislature, local governments, the media, and organizations on all aspects of redistricting. It also provides resources, education, and training programs on new state election laws, such as the John R. Lewis state voting rights act, and on how to learn about and work with census data throughout the decade.
In addition, the Institute partners with Redistricting Online and the National Conference of State Legislatures to report on national redistricting activity. It also engages in related public policy developments affecting voting and elections across the state, especially as ranked-choice voting and similarly impactful election reforms are considered by the state and localities.
Adjunct Professor and Senior Fellow Jeffrey M. Wice, a national census expert and preeminent authority on New York redistricting, leads the Institute’s legal and policy efforts, supported by Fellows Nicholas P. Stabile, Marissa Zanfardino, and students.
- Redistricting Roundtable Updates found on NYLS's Digital Commons give an overview of recent news, litigation, and events related to redisticting.
- The Redistricting Resources section in NYLS's Digital Commons offers an array of additional redistricting resources, including materials on the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act.
- New York City Council Redistricting Primer explains how new district lines are drawn for the 51 New York City Council districts.
- CityLand articles, including “Mapping the New Senate, Assembly, and Congressional Districts” for in depth look at the state redistricting process.
- National Conference of State Legislatures provides extensive information on national redistricting law, technology, and process.
- New York Election News provides coverage of New York State redistricting activity at the state and local level, including the Independent Redistricting Commission, the state legislature, local governments, and the courts.
- RedistrictingOnline.org provides coverage of national redistricting updates concerning law and legislation.