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Supreme Court to Decide if Census Results May Exclude Undocumented Persons

On Nov. 30, one month before the secretary of commerce is supposed to report to the president the results of the census, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral argument in New York v. Trump. In this case, a three-judge panel ruled that the secretary of commerce may not provide the president with a census count that excludes undocumented persons. The state-by-state population breakdown the secretary of commerce provides to the president is used to apportion seats to the House of Representatives.

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Supreme Court Allows Census Count to Stop

The Supreme Court has frozen in place a district court order requiring the Census Bureau to continue counting people through Oct. 31. As a result, the Census Bureau may immediately stop the count. 

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The Census is Hot, Hot, Hot!

When I think back to January when the Census Bureau officially kicked off the 2020 census in Alaska, who would have thought the census would continue to be such a hot topic in September? I didn’t.

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Only Five Weeks to Go ... for the 2020 Census!

If ever there was a year that fortune and a little luck were needed, 2020 is it! As many of you know, the Census Bureau announced that both self-response and field data collection will end on Sept. 30, a month earlier than anticipated.

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California Circumvents Census Calamity

With the Census Bureau’s field operations delayed for months by COVID-19, thus pushing back the release of census operations (if Congress grants the bureau’s request), states dependent on census data are strategizing on how to mitigate the expected delays’ negative impacts.

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The census is at once as simple as counting one, two, three, and as complex as democracy itself. The goal has always been to determine how many people are living in the United States—but the reason has been above all else to ensure that political power is distributed according to population.

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2020 Census Response Rates Are Good—But Not for Everyone

COVID-19 is affecting every aspect of our lives. Like many of you, I haven’t been able to visit my community center, public library or see my friends in person since early March. And, just like all of us, the U.S. Census Bureau is grappling with the pandemic too.

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Lots of Questions as Census Bureau Delays the Count

Last week, the U.S. Census Bureau asked Congress for permission to delay its 2020 Census data releases by 120 days.

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No Fooling—Today is Census Day

Even in these uncertain times of the coronavirus, today is still the reference date for counting all people in the United States wherever they live or are staying. However, did you know that Census Day hasn’t always been April 1?

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Work at Home Assignment: Get Counted

I just completed the census questionnaire for our household last night. Amid a sea of uncertainty, this was one task that I could affirmatively and completely say, “I did it!”

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