LATEST UPDATE:  New evidence came to light in New York v. Commerce that shows Dr. Thomas Hofeller, a longtime Republican redistricting expert, played a significant role in engineering the inclusion of the citizenship question on the 2020 Census, reaching back to 2015.

This bombshell document is a report, written by the GOP’s chief gerrymandering mastermind Thomas Hofeller, that lays out a plan to add the citizenship question on the Census in order to the extreme right’s playbook for manipulate the rules of  our redistricting process to be “advantageous to Republicans and non-Hispanic whites.”

This evidence also shows that Hofeller then helped ghostwrite a letter from the Department of Justice to the Department of Commerce seeking the citizenship question on the 2020 Census to rig the count.  Hofeller’s documents are a “smoking gun” — exposing exactly how he and his fellow operatives worked to undermine the integrity of our Census, manipulate redistricting, and rig the elections for partisan advantage.

These documents came to light because Stephanie Hofeller, daughter of Thomas Hofeller, released her father’s files to Common Cause in order to ensure the whole truth came out.

Read our statement here and to read the Hofeller filing and documents, click here and here.


We conduct a census every 10 years to collect objective data about our communities. If that count is inaccurate in 2021, it will turbo-charge gerrymandering and make our district lines even more unfair than they already are.

Getting the next census count right is critical to making sure our government works for everyone — it will shape our nation’s democracy, public policy and economy for the next decade.

But the Administration has launched a systematic assault on the fairness and accuracy of the 2020 Census.

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

All of these moves will have the same shameful impact — a skewed Census count will harm our government’s ability to fairly represent all of us.

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.

Every eligible American 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.

 


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

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

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.

Common Cause Files Supreme Court Brief in Census Citizenship Case & Launches Census Day of Action

Common Cause, along with former elected and appointed Republican officials, filed an amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court in the Commerce v. New York challenging the addition of the citizenship question to the 2020 census.

Common Cause Files a Brief in California's Challenge to Citizenship Question

Common Cause, joined by current and former elected and appointed Republican officials, filed an amici brief in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in support of California’s challenge to the addition of a citizenship question on the 2020 Census

Common Cause Files Brief in New York's Challenge to Addition of Citizenship Question to 2020 Census

Common Cause, joined by current and former elected and appointed Republican officials, filed an amici brief in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in support of the New York State’s challenge to the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census

Medium: Why I Might Skip the Citizenship Question on the Census

Common Cause's Census Project Manager, Keshia Morris, details why she might skip the citizenship question, if added to the 2020 Census.

US News & World Report: Ensure Everyone Is Counted

Common Cause President Karen Hobert Flynn joins former Census director Vincent Barabba in calling for a fair and accurate 2020 Census.

The Hill: America needs a Census Bureau director who will count all fairly

Common Cause President Karen Hobert Flynn joins Campaign Legal Center President Trevor Potter in calling on President Trump to name a fair and nonpartisan Census director.

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross Lies About Census 2020 Citizenship Question

After a recent deposition, it appears Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross lied to Congress about the controversial "citizenship question" the Trump Administration wants to add to the 2020 Census.

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.

Census 2020: What are Barr & Ross hiding from Congress?

The Trump Administration’s efforts to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census are running into yet another roadblock—this time in the form of the U.S. House of Representatives.

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