New York Census and Redistricting Institute
The New York Census and Redistricting Institute 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. 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 state and local government officials on best practices and strategies to ensure that all New Yorkers are counted in the 2020 Census. It partners with organizations conducting census outreach to provide them with technical guidance and assistance as they develop public engagement programs. The Institute provides 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, the Institute will offer expertise on the upcoming redistricting process, in which the State Legislature will appoint a new advisory redistricting commission for the first time. It will also analyze the redistricting processes employed by municipalities throughout New York and work with municipalities on their own redistricting processes. The Institute will continue to research court decisions to provide information relevant to potential redistricting litigation and guidance on potential reforms to the redistricting process. Moreover, it will engage 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. Additionally, the Institute will provide 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, a national census expert and preeminent authority on New York redistricting, leads the Institute’s legal and policy efforts.
Professor Wice 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. He is also the author of the CityLand piece, “Mapping the New Senate, Assembly, and Congressional Districts," and other coverage.