Preparations are currently underway for the 2020 national census and the new federal head count may mean boundary changes for congressional, legislative and magisterial districts.

    Kentucky's six United States representatives, 138 state legislators 
and county magistrates are all elected from political divisions 
called districts.
    District lines are redrawn every 10 years following the completion 
of the United States census.
    Federal law stipulates districts must have nearly equal populations 
and must not discriminate on the basis of race or ethnicity.
    Magisterial districts must be reapportion in May 2021 following the 
decennial census next year. KRS 67.045 requires districts to be 
"compact, contiguous, and the population of each district shall be as 
nearly equal as reasonably possible.'
    The statute also requires fiscal court to publish notice of the 
planned reapportionment and appoint three citizens as commissioners 
for the process. The three citizens must be over the age of 21, 
reside in different districts, and are to be compensated for their 
    Michelle Ellison, partnership (census) coordinator for Kentucky, 
said for the first time in history households will be able to provide 
census information online.
    Starting March 12, instructions will be received by mail on how to 
give information online or by telephone. Households will be 
encouraged to give information online.
    Results of the 2020 census will help determine each state's 
representation in Congress, as well as how certain funds are spent 
for schools, hospitals, roads and more.


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