CLCV Statement on the 2020 Census’s Apportionment Count

Press Release
April 26, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Stefanie Lao, [email protected] | 424.282.0922

OAKLAND, CA – The California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV) released the following statement in response to the Census Bureau's announcement of the 2020 Apportionment Count. Based on the 2020 Census, California, despite adding 2 million new residents since the 2010 Census, is losing a House seat and Electoral College vote for the first time since its admission to the Union in 1850.

Statement from Mary Creasman, Chief Executive Officer, CLCV:

“Representation must expand to match the needs that come with a growing population, and California losing a House seat shows the systemic challenges within this process. For a state like California, whose population continues to rise every single day, representation should not narrow, especially on the federal level. Regardless of that fact and the attempts from the Trump administration to subvert the Census, California will continue to model multi-racial, participatory, and open democracy and racially just representation with its independent redistricting process.

CLCV is committed to good governance and environmental leadership as we engage in and promote California’s fair redistricting process based on the 2020 Census. Our local, state, and federal elected officials must properly reflect the populations and geographies they serve if leaders are going to implement the changes our communities most desperately need. Having a strong democracy is essential to solving the climate crisis and having adequate and reflective representation is critical to a strong democracy. The redistricting process in California needs to be intentional about overcoming the systemic inequality that plagues our country and protecting current and future generations from the impacts of climate change.”

We believe that radical change is necessary and only by transforming our political system will we create the opportunity to take bold action on climate change. We elect and cultivate environmental champions, turn election victories into policy wins, hold our lawmakers accountable, and build political power for change. We inspire hope and action and fight for equity and justice for all Californians. We are in the business of changing what’s possible. Join us at www.ecovote.org and on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. See more press releases.

Building Democracy. Electing Environmental Champions. Protecting Our Future.

We are California's voice, statewide and nationally, for bold climate action. We elect and cultivate environmental champions, turn election victories into policy wins, hold our lawmakers accountable, and build political power to transform our political system and achieve climate justice.

Learn More about our work