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Here’s what’s happening now:

You may remember: The 2020 Census, a count of every person living in the U.S., would would affect our voting districts as our community grows. 

What's happening now: The Census Bureau announced the data needed to redraw local voting districts won't be available until 6 months later than planned. It would have been released March 31. Now, it will be Sept. 30.

Why it matters: Districts are redrawn every 10 years with this updated Census data.

The decennial Census data is the most granular, accurate count of who lives where, done every year ending with a 0. 

For context: It's not a perfect count, undercounts tend to occur in areas that have more BIPOC people, with unauthorized immigrants and in communities with lower percentages of households with internet access.

How it affects local elections: Raleigh and Cary have council members who represent and live in their district, voted by the people who live in the district. (Everyone votes for mayor and at-large councilors.) 

The next election for all of the Raleigh City Council seats and some of the Cary town council seats is currently scheduled for Oct. 5. 

But now, the Census data needed wouldn't arrive before when the redrawn maps are usually due in July, according to INDY Week's reporting.

What's next: While some reporting suggests the local elections could be delayed, nothing is official at this point.

What else to know:

🚗 Some Wake County residents are driving 40 minutes south of Raleigh to Harnett County to get COVID-19 vaccination. [News & Observer]

🚗 North Carolina vaccine administrators no longer have to vaccinate people from other states who drive into NC for more convenient vaccination. [WRAL]
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Mel Wright, owner of The Wright Village: Our hope for 2021 is steady growth. With the rise of entrepreneurs and small businesses starting up, The Wright Village is looking forward to being a business incubator with the resources needed for others to be successful. With everything happening virtually now, from school to board meetings, we want Raleigh to know they don’t have to go it alone. We want to build a strong village within the Greater Raleigh community, of like-minded individuals looking to build their businesses. We believe it takes a village, “The Wright Village.”
Ashley Liu Kirkman, Co-founder of Ride Run Raleigh: Virtual fitness has been a game changer and lifeline for many of us to stay connected and moving through the pandemic, but there’s nothing that matches the energy and community of a face-to-face endorphin rush. That experience and connection can never be replaced.

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WakeUP Wake County is hosting a virtual summit on climate change, and the impacts of land use and transportation. By bringing together leaders and experts, WakeUP's goal is to work toward local policy solutions. The summit is Wednesday-Thursday and Raleigh Convergence readers can get free VIP tickets using this link. See an agenda here.

BREW coffee bar at Gateway Plaza is closed, but its McNeill Pointe and Downtown Cary locations will stay open. [details]

Today is Mardi Gras! North Carolina Museum of Art shared an artwork and at-home craft activity. 🎨
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