Continuing their focus on the upcoming 2020 census, Dane County Board members approved a resolution establishing the Dane County 2020 Census Complete Count Committee at their May 2 meeting.

It will also establish a nonpartisan redistricting committee that will use the data gathered by the census to redraw the state’s political boundaries.

According to a county news release, the census committee will be “a group of diverse community leaders appointed for the purpose of developing and implementing a comprehensive 2020 census awareness campaign in partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau.” The county will identify areas that had a low initial response in the 2010 census and will focus on improving that response for 2020.

District 24 Supervisor Tanya Buckingham said the committee “will need to reach every corner of Dane County to ensure an accurate count.”

“We need to make sure every resident knows about the census and that they are counted,” she said in the news release.

In conjunction with the 2020 census work, the county will begin establishing a Citizen Redistricting Commission, which dates to the board’s 2016 approval of a commission to redraw maps following the release of the 2020 Census, according to the news release. The commission will include about 10 members “not affiliated with any political party, lobbying group, labor union or other entities with a vested interest in drawing voting boundaries.” Anyone who participated in the 2011 redistricting process in Wisconsin is “specifically barred from the commission,” according to the news release.

“As the fastest growing county in the state of Wisconsin, it is critical that every resident is counted, and that they are fairly represented when new maps are drawn in 2021,” said County Board Chair Sharon Corrigan in the news release.

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