Counting on the Census

As long as we’re assessing structural issues that shape our democracy, let’s not forget to keep an eye on the census even as we ask focus on the mechanics of mail-in voting.

In addition to everything else, this election will determine a redistricting — and the census will determine what those elected to Congress will be working with when they begin that project.

Until and unless the Supreme Court forces a fundamental redrawing, this is probably going to be a multi-decade fight: this redistricting will set the terms for the next decade, which might yield a Congress in 2030 that’s willing to consider writing sane district-drawing reform into law.

I’d rather not wait that long to see a change, but I definitely wouldn’t want to let the current problems ossify into accepted reality for another decade.