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Tools for Engaging Your Community: PSAs for Census 2020

An accurate census count will determine billions of dollars of federal funding and the number of congressional seats for each state—but how can legislators ensure that community members are aware of and participate in the 2020 Census?

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Report: Census Data Key to $1.5 Trillion in Federal Spending

The report examines the magnitude the federal government relies on census data to direct the distribution of federal funding to the states. The federal funds are determined with formulas based on census counts and census data.

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Census Questions Asked and Answered at Summit

The “All About the Census” session at Legislative Summit produced a string of timely questions.

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North Dakota Wants More Olive Gardens

While other states are preparing for the 2020 census with congressional reapportionment gains in mind, North Dakota has a different goal: more Olive Gardens.

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Jailhouse (Census) Block

For most, the census process is simple: People are counted as residents in the census block where they live. For those incarcerated, however, this process is not so clear cut.

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SCOTUS Rules in Census Case—Ball Now in Secretary Ross’ Court

Chief Justice John Roberts joined his more liberal colleagues (Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Steven Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elise Kagan) in at least stalling the issue of whether the U.S. Census Bureau may include a question about citizenship on the 2020 census, concluding the reasons Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross gave for adding the citizenship question to the 2020 census were pretextual in violation of the Administrative Procedures Act (APA).

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The Other Census Question: How Private is Your Data?

Everyone is talking about whether a citizenship question will be on the 2020 census. But there’s another question relating to the census: How will the census continue to ensure that data for individuals is kept private?

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Must States Use Census Data for Redistricting? Not Always

What data must redistricters use when they go about their every-10-years task of creating equal population districts?

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Let the Competition Begin: Vying to be Number One in Census Response Rates

Minnesota has a goal: it wants to rank first in terms of state response rates to the 2020 census. It was number 2 in 2010, so maybe that’s why it’s trying harder.

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Friday Webinar: Prepping for the Make-or-Break Census

My hat is off to Jacob Fischler, who wrote about state-based census outreach in CQ Roll Call last week. He took data NCSL has gathered on its 2020 Census Resources and Legislation webpage, fact-checked it, figured out how to graphically display it—and then put it in context by talking to some of the nation’s experts on redistricting.

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