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Reapportionment and Redistricting Commission (1980) | State Archives Catalog

Name: Reapportionment and Redistricting Commission (1980)


Historical Note:

Though closely connected, reapportionment and redistricting are different processes.  Reapportionment refers to Congress'  division of congressional districts among the states based on the decennial census. Redistricting follows from reapportionment and involves the actual division (or drawing) of districts within a state based on reapportionment..

Once the census figures are released, states are  tasked with the redistricting process. In most states, redistricting is taken up by the state legislature and governor. The Rhode Island Constitution includes a requirement that ,after every federal census, the General Assembly undertake reapportionment  so as to conform to the representational requirements specified in the constitution. In order to comply, the General Assembly has appointed commissions to  reapportion representation and revise district boundaries after each census (with a one exception in 1920.) This sub-group brings together records related to the several redistricting and reapportionment commissions established by Rhode Island's state legislature.




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