North Carolina poised to gain another seat in Congress

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With those estimated numbers for the 2020 census, North Carolina is poised to gain a new congressional seat.

The new seat would give the state 14 house members and 16 electoral votes. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates show that North Carolina’s population has grown to 10.5 million. That’s a 10 % increase since 2010.

Congressman G.K. Butterfield wants to remind North Carolinans that the census is very important and everyone should participate.

“It’s translates not only into federal funding but it also translates into representation in the house of representatives. North Carolina is growing exponentially we have more than 10 million almost 11 million people in North Carolina. We are one of the fastest growing states in the country,” said Butterfield.

“We will undoubtedly pick up a congressional seat after the 2020 census which means that our North Carolina legislature will have to redraw the congressional map. I’m hoping that one day we will have a redistricting commission in North Carolina but right now it is the state legislature responsible for drawing the map. So I call on my friends in the legislature to draw a fair map,” Butterfield explains.

A new seat would be carved out in 2021.

Previous Report: RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina is among seven states that are poised to gain at least one new congressional seat.

The Charlotte Observer reports that another seat would give the state 14 House members as well as 16 electoral votes.

Only six other states would have more. U.S. Census Bureau estimates released this week show that North Carolina’s population has grown to 10.5 million.

That’s an increase of 10% since 2010.

The final population figures will be determined by the 2020 Census. A new seat would be carved out in 2021.

That’s when redistricting of congressional and legislative districts would normally occur after the census.

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