CensusChannel’s staff has developed several hundred redistricting plans covering jurisdictions as small as towns to areas as large as congressional districts. The company has provided support for all phases of redistricting plan development, from data processing to plan input and modification to final plan discussion and dissemination.

CensusChannel fully understands the various aspects of redistricting. Our staff has provided plan development support during the 1990, 2000, and now 2010 round of redistricting.

CensusChannel’s focus has been to ensure redistricting plans meet traditional redistricting principles that adhere to Federal, State, and local guidelines as well as the Voting Rights Act. Finally, we have developed several expert reports as well as testified in federal court as an expert on demographic aspects of redistricting.

Below is a summary listing of redistricting clientele and major efforts:

Major Redistricting Clientele and Projects

  • Advancement Project, Washington, DC
  • African American Redistricting Collaborative (AARC) of California, Los Angeles, CA
  • Alabama Democratic Conference, Montgomery, AL
  • Congressional Black Caucus Institute, Washington, DC
  • Community Policy Research & Training Institute (One Voice), Jackson, MS
  • Duke University’s REGSS and Southern Coalition of Social Justice, Durham, NC
  • Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus, Baton Rouge, LA
  • Mississippi NAACP, Jackson, MS
  • National NAACP, Office of General Council, Baltimore, MD
  • Norfolk State University, Redistricting Project, Norfolk, VA
  • Southern Coalition of Social Justice, Durham, NC

Major Litigation & Testimony Related Efforts:

  • Southern Coalition for Social Justice (SCSJ), Durham, NC (2016 – 2015)
    Provided expert testimony for the Covington v North Carolina federal redistricting court case. The testimony included analysis from Dickson v Rucho (consolidated with NAACP v North Carolina) of compactness on state legislative house and senate districts.
  • Redistricting expert witness testimony, depositions, and reports for the City of Greensboro v The Guilford County Board of Elections court case, and Covington v North Carolina federal redistricting court case.
  • Provided expert testimony and report for the Wright v North Carolina federal redistricting court case. The testimony and report included analysis of population deviation, compactness, partisan impact and incumbent residences for county commission and school board plans.
  • North Carolina NAACP, Raleigh, NC (2012)
    Provided expert opinions and analysis in an affidavit for the NC NAACP v. North Carolina redistricting case. The affidavit included examination of compactness measurements pertaining to the Congressional, State Senate, and State House “Benchmark” plans, several approved plans, and several legislative submitted plans.
  • Texas NAACP, San Antonio, TX (2011)
    Provided expert witness testimony for Federal redistricting court case Perez v. Perry. Testimony covered the evaluation of traditional redistricting criteria of the Congressional and House approved plans compared to several proposed or legislature submitted plans.
  • Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus, Baton Rouge, LA (2011)
    Testified in front of the Senate and Governmental Affairs committee. Testimony included the analysis of two redistricting plans comparing ideal population deviation, political subdivision splits (Parishes); and compactness ratios. Also, developed a redistricting plan and testified in front of the House and Governmental Affairs in support of a new majority minority (African American) congressional district in Louisiana.
  • Morrison & Foerster LLP, Los Angeles, CA (2004)
    Developed several state senate plans for the Metts v. Murphy Rhode Island court case. Was one of the redistricting experts in the U.S. District Voting Rights court case in RI. Outcome: The case was settled with the plan continuing to include a district favorable for African Americans to elect a candidate of choice.
  • Congressional Black Caucus Institute, Redistricting Project, Washington D.C. (2002)
    Performed as the redistricting expert for Congressman Hilliard in a consolidated U.S. District court Voting Rights case in Alabama. Outcome: The case was settled maintaining a district that would enable African Americans to elect a candidate of choice.
  • Council of Black Elected Democrats (COBED) New York State, New York, NY (2002)
    Performed as one of the redistricting experts (Allen v Pataki/Rodriguez v Pataki) by developing several New York State congressional district plans that were presented by COBED.
  • Miami-Dade, Florida (1995 – 1996)
    Provided expert technical redistricting support as one half of the Expert Master’s Team. Developed over 50 commissioner district plans for the county as well as the final adopted plan for the county.
  • NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDEF), New York, NY (1993)
    Via Norfolk State University, provided expert technical support for the Shaw v. Reno Supreme Court Voting Rights case. Analyzed and compared compactness ratios for congressional districts throughout the U.S. The results were compared to the 12th congressional district of North Carolina. Also, developed several alternative congressional district plans.

Redistricting Training and Presentations:

  • NAACP Redistricting Project Final National Conference, Tampa, FL (2013)
  • Tennessee NAACP, Nashville, TN (2011)
  • The Advancement Project, Washington, DC (2011)
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Baltimore, MA (2011)
  • Congressional Black Caucus Institute, Washington, DC (2010)
  • Duke University’s Center for REGSS & Southern Coalition for Social Justice, Durham, NC (2010)
  • North Carolina Center for Civil Rights, Chapel Hill, NC (2010)
  • NAACP Legal Defense Fund AIRLIE Conference, AIRLIE, VA (2010)
  • Young Elected Officials, Los Angeles, CA (2010)
  • Young Elected Officials, Alexandria, VA (2010)
  • Howard University – Continuing Education – HBCU GIS Workshop, Washington, DC (2002)
  • Norfolk State University Redistricting Project Training Workshops (1991 – 1998)
    • Alabama State University, Montgomery, Alabama
    • Albany State University, Albany, Georgia
    • Florida A & M, Tallahassee, Florida
    • National Conference of Black Political Scientists, Atlanta, Georgia Conference
    • Norfolk State University, Norfolk, Virginia
    • North Carolina A & T State University, Greensboro, North Carolina
    • North Carolina Central University, Durham, North Carolina
    • Southern University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    • Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts

Development

We will develop a redistricting plan that is fair and legal for your jurisdiction.

Analysis

We will analyze a plan and provide you with reports on traditional redistricting criteria including: population equality, contiguity, compactness, political, subdivisions, communities of interest, whole county provisions, and more.

Testimony

We will provide expert reports, depositions, and testimony for redistricting court court cases.