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Could Montana Gain a Second Congressional Seat?: Redistricting After the 2020 Census

With over 1 million people and growing, Montana’s single House seat is the biggest congressional district in the country. But the 2020 Census may spell change for Montana’s national representation. How likely is it that the state will gain an additional seat? And what would this mean for Montana’s future?

Past: Thursday, August 20, 2020 9:00 pm
This is a virtual event
  • Peter Miller
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  • Nancy Leifer
  • Members of Montana's Districting and Apportionment Commission
Montana Congressional Seat


Thursday, August 20, 2020 
7:00 p.m. MDT, 6:00 p.m. PDT, 9:00 p.m. EDT

For three decades, Montana has been repres­en­ted by a single seat in the House of Repres­ent­at­ives. But this could soon change: popu­la­tion projec­tions suggest that the state may gain a second seat after the 2020 Census is completed. Montana is one of the few states with a redis­trict­ing commis­sion. This bipar­tisan commis­sion, which draws state legis­lat­ive maps once a decade, would also be charged with the task of divid­ing the state into two congres­sional districts.

What impact could this have on the future of Montana and its resid­ents? How might the state be fairly divided into two districts? How effect­ively have Montana’s redis­trict­ing commis­sions accom­plished this task and the draw­ing of legis­lat­ive districts in the past? And what can we learn from redis­trict­ing contro­ver­sies in other states?

Join redis­trict­ing expert Peter Miller — who grew up in Billings, Montana — as he explores these ques­tions in a virtual present­a­tion. Follow­ing the present­a­tion, members of Montana’s 2020 District­ing and Appor­tion­ment Commis­sion will join Miller to answer ques­tions submit­ted by attendees.

This event is produced in part­ner­ship with the League of Women Voters Montana.