Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has continued to request the redistricting data from the U.S. Census Bureau to be released in time for the nonpartisan redistricting process to move forward in Iowa. Grassley recently called and wrote the Acting Director of the U.S. Census Bureau requesting information regarding the redistricting data delivery timelines, and informing him of the strain that a delay will cause the state of Iowa.
“I’ve continued by phone and letter to push the U.S. Census Bureau to provide accurate and timely information to aid state legislatures and redistricting commissions around the country. They’ve committed to me in writing that they would deliver the data by August 16, six weeks earlier than originally estimated.” Grassley said. “While this updated timeline is still cause for concern given the deadlines set by the Iowa State Constitution, delivery of the data is crucial to allowing Iowa’s nonpartisan redistricting process to proceed. The Census Bureau must stick to the timelines that they’ve committed to and continue working to provide the data as soon as possible. I’ll keep a close watch on this situation in the coming months.”
The response from the U.S. Census Bureau to Grassley’s inquiry can be found HERE.