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General Assembly Completes Legislative Redistricting Following 2020 Census

Redistricting-South Carolina
Jeffrey Collins/AP
South Carolina Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Luke Rankin explains the changes made in the Senate's 46 districts based on 2020 U.S. Census data on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021, in Columbia, S.C. The Senate approved the new maps on a 41-2 vote. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)

The Republican controlled state legislature okayed new member districts for the Senate and House of Representatives this week. Relying on numbers from the 2020 census, lawmakers were forced to adjust just about every district due to the state’s rapid population growth. The new census found about a half million more people live in the state than during the last redistricting in 2010.