The Census Bureau has just pushed out its 2010 Redistricting Data website for those getting prepared.
Here’s the stuff in case you are wanting to keep up. Lots of technical details.
2010 Census Program Phases
2010 Census Redistricting Data Program – P.L. 94 – 171:
Federal Register Notice announcing the 2010 Census Redistricting Data Program [PDF]
Phase 1 – State Legislative District Project (SLDP) – 2004-2006
Collection of State Legislative District (SLD) boundaries. This will be the first effort post-Census 2000 to update SLD boundaries. This phase includes a verification stage as well as data tabulation for legislative districts based on Census 2000 data. Ongoing changes to Congressional boundaries will be collected and new tabulations developed as needed.
Federal Register Notice announcing Phase 1 [PDF]
Guidelines for Phase 1 [PDF]
State Legislative District Data collected during Phase 1
Phase 2 – Voting District/Block Boundary Suggestion Project (VTD/BBSP) – 2007-2009
Collection of Voting District boundaries and updates to legislative districts. States will submit block boundary suggestions for inclusion in the 2010 Census block tabulations during this phase of the Redistricting Data Program as well. A verification phase is included for all components (VTD/SLD/Congressional) of this phase.
Federal Register Notice announcing Phase 2 [PDF]
Phase 2 Guidelines:
Phase 2 General Guidelines for all Participants [PDF]
MAF/TIGER Partnership Software (MTPS) Instructions [PDF]
Partner GIS Submission Instructions (Non-MTPS) [PDF]
Supplemental Information for Digital Updates – Business Rules
Relationship Information Review [PDF]
Questions regarding the Phase 2 Guidelines and MTPS should be directed to the Redistricting Data Office at (301) 763-4039.
Phase 3 – Data Delivery for the 2010 Census Redistricting Data Program – 2010-2011
Delivery of the geographic products and data products to the official designated liaisons. Geographic products will precede the P.L. 94-171 data tabulations that are mandated by law for delivery no later than April 1, 2011, one year following Census Day.
Phase 4 – Collection of the Post-2010 Census Redistricting Plans – 2012-2013
Collection of State Legislative District and Congressional plans drawn using the Phase 3 materials. Production of both geographic and data products required for delivery to the USPS/DOJ. Production of materials for Congress and Congressional District data summaries/maps during this time.
Phase 5 – Evaluation and Recommendation for Census 2020 – 2012-2014
Historical review by the states of the successes and failures of the Census Bureau to meet the Public Law 94-171 requirements. Production of final report with the view of the states expressed for the program in Census 2020.
Phases of the 2000 Census Redistricting Data Program – P.L. 94-171