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.