The Census Bureau on Thursday will publish the data that states will use to draw maps of the Statehouse and Congressional districts, following delays caused by COVID-19.

Indiana is not winning or losing any seats in Congress, but state legislative leaders will have to rewrite the maps to ensure that all political districts contain roughly the same number of people after population changes.

What those maps look like matters: in which constituencies Hoosiers are located may affect the chance a Republican or Democrat is likely to represent them in Congress and the Statehouse, and how influential each party is over the next 10 years.

They will not be republished again until the 2030 Census.

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