Census delay spells election chaos for states
At least 330 million people lived in the United States as of April, according to a Census Bureau estimate. - Dreamstime/Dreamstime/TNS

The monthslong delay in tallying last year’s census is wreaking havoc on the states with elections this year and next. The stakes are high in states with fast-changing populations: In states that are becoming more diverse, Democrats are eager to wield increased statehouse clout and advance agendas such as expanding voting rights and moving away from mass incarceration. Republicans hanging on to control in swing states want to draw new legislative and congressional district lines to retain endangered suburban districts by extending them into rural areas where conservative sentiment is still str...