LATEST UPDATE: On January 15, 2019, Judge Furman issued his decision in State of New York v. US Department of Commerce finding that the inclusion of the citizenship question on the 2020 Census was illegal and requiring the question to be removed. While this isn’t the end of the fight, this is a huge win for a fair and representative democracy! Read our statement here. Read the amicus brief we submitted 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.