Posted on April 26, 2018

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The decennial census is a constitutionally mandated process and each administration has a responsibility to make sure that the U.S. Census Bureau can conduct an accurate count of all persons residing in the United States. Decennial census data has many important applications, from apportioning seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, to redistricting state legislatures and school district assignment areas. Additionally, data from the decennial census determines how the government spends over $600 billion a year in federal and state funding that goes to programs supporting public health, transportation, education, and community development in communities across the United States.

A fair and accurate count on the decennial census is imperative to the functioning of our democracy. Without an accurate count, we will not have accurate representation, which means important social services and programs may not reach the communities that need them most. Several recent policies and decisions from the Trump Administration have raised concerns about the ability of the Census Bureau to conduct an accurate count. From the exclusion of a “Middle Eastern or North African” category, to the proposed inclusion of a new citizenship question, not to mention consistent underfunding, we are facing multiple threats to the accuracy and integrity of the 2020 Census.

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Ensuring a Fair and Accurate Count in the 2020 Census (2019)

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