To have your voice count, you must be counted. Every 10 years our government must comply with one of the few mandates of the founding fathers. Article One, Section Two of the Constitution mandates regular censuses to empower all Americans.  This important section in the Constitution is not only the basis of the census, but is the foundation for understanding who we are as a country

The 2020 Census will shape our nation’s government, public policy, and budgets for an entire decade. The data we gather determines everything from congressional district maps to local resource allocation — like school funding, the number of firehouses in our neighborhoods, and highway and road repair budgets.

But partisan politicians have launched a systematic assault on the fairness and accuracy of the 2020 Census.

First, the administration tried to dramatically underfunded this crucial initiative. Second, they tried to put a professor working to defend North Carolina’s racial gerrymandering in charge of the count. Then, they tried to add an unnecessary, and potentially intimidating question on citizenship status to the 2020 Census form.

ALL of these efforts have failed thanks to the advocacy of everyday Americans who are demanding a fair census count.

Now, we all must pledge to be counted in the 2020 Census!

People of color, particularly Black, Latino and Native American communities in both urban and rural areas, are at an especially high risk of being undercounted by the Census — which translates to unequal representation along racial lines.

Everyone wants their voice to be heard and to know that their vote counts in selecting the people and policies that will determine the future of our families and communities. That’s why Common Cause members are stepping up and speaking out to demand a fair and accurate Census — to ensure that we can all have an equal say.

Let’s Count Everyone

To have our voices count, we must first be counted. You can start your own People’s Lobby campaign for Fair Census in your state.

More About the Census 2020

Check these important resources that take a deeper dive into the state of the 2020 Census.

Read the Hofeller Files

Common Cause has obtained evidence confirming how political operatives have spent years plotting to rig our democracy with a Census citizenship question.

Learn about the 2020 Citizenship Question

The Trump administration’s attempt to rig the 2020 Census with an unnecessary question on citizenship status has been officially STOPPED. Learn More...

Preparing for the 2020 Census: How State Legislators Can Ensure That Every Person Counts

Here you will find a selection of policy solutions, messaging guidance, and additional resources to support census preparation in your state.

Opinion | Citizenship question on the census a cynical attempt to muzzle immigrants’ voices

With the administration's anti-immigration track record, the citizenship question will almost certainly drive down participation among non-citizens and their family members

A History of Undercounting People of Color: Why the 2020 Census May Make it Worse

Voting is one way eligible Americans make sure their voice counts, but all people living in the US can also make their voices heard by being counted in the 2020 Census.

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