Redistricting meetings begin in South Dakota
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Every 10 years, after the U.S. census data is released, South Dakota lawmakers meet to redraw legislative districts.
The Senate Redistricting Committee held its first meeting Tuesday afternoon to begin the process. The 2020 Federal Census reported that South Dakota has seen a nearly nine percent population increase. That means that each district will have to grow by about 2,500 constituents, and with much of the growth concentrated in cities, it may affect the number of rural districts.
“Every district will look a little bit different,” said district 32 Senator Helene Duhamel. “If it’s a rural district, it just has to get bigger to get 2,500 people. So there probably will be one fewer rural districts in South Dakota, and one more urban district probably in Sioux Falls.
Tuesday’s meeting was mostly informational, so no decisions were made about district boundaries.
The committee will conduct field hearings around the state in the coming months, and a special session is scheduled for November 8 and 9.