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Kansas Eliminate Revision of Census Population Amendment Explained

election pictureThe Kansas Eliminate Revision of Census Population Amendment is on the ballot in Kansas as a legislatively referred constitutional amendment on November 5.

A yes vote supports ending the state's practice of adjusting the US Census population regarding military personnel and students when redistricting the Kansas State Legislature.

A no vote opposes this amendment, thus continuing the state's practice of adjusting the US Census population regarding military personnel and students for state legislative redistricting.

As of 2019, the Kansas Constitution requires the state legislature to apportion state legislative districts based on the most recent US Census, with an adjustment to exclude nonresident military personnel stationed in Kansas and nonresident students and include resident military personnel and resident students in the district of their permanent residence. The ballot measure would eliminate the requirement to adjust the census population for state legislative apportionment.

Secretary of State Scott Schwab, who supports the ballot measure, said the state would spend an estimated $834,000 to adjust the 2020 US Census. He said the state would hire a private consultant for the adjustment, who would contact military personnel and students and ask them about their permanent residencies. In 2011, Secretary of State Kris Kobach reported that the adjustment cost $198,928.

Following the 2010 US Census, the state adjusted the population for legislative redistricting. Overall, 15,577 state residents were counted in different counties and 13,673 people were eliminated from the count. Riley County, Douglas County and Ellis County saw the largest percentage decreases in population due to the adjustment. Riley County includes the US Army's Fort Riley and Kansas State University. Douglas County includes the University of Kansas. Ellis County includes Fort Hays State University and North Central Kansas Technical College.

(Information courtesy Ballotpedia.)

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