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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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Category: Census
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Expect to See a Citizenship Question on 2020 Census

Predicting the outcome of a Supreme Court case based on oral argument is foolhardy. But unless the more liberal justices can pick up the vote of a more conservative justice it seems likely the 2020 census will contain a question about citizenship.

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Colorado Tackles Census Concerns

If people are fearful about this federal enterprise, they may not respond to the census next year. Colorado is doing something to combat those worries with the slogan, “It’s Safe. It’s Secure. It’s Important.”

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Alabama Goes Big on the Census

Every Alabamian matters. How, then, can the Yellowhammer State make sure every Alabamian is counted in next year’s U.S. census?

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Category: Elections, Census
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2020 Census: One Year From Today and Counting

It is important for everyone residing in the United States to be counted in the census to ensure all voices are heard and represented. The census equals fair representation and fair federal funding for states, cities and communities every year until 2030.

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Checking in With Washington State’s Complete Count Committee

Recently I wrote about Callifornia's complete count committee (CCC) for the census. Now I’m reporting on what I learned from my visit to Washington’s complete count shop.

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Crank Up the Census Count with a CCC

States (and localities) can set up CCCs to spread the news that the census is coming, and it’s to everyone’s advantage when people—all of them—self-respond to the census and are counted. 

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Category: Census
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Who's Up and Who's Down in Apportionment Projections

By New Year's Eve, 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau will transmit to the president the nation’s total population count, based on the 2020 Census. With that big number come the “apportionment totals” which show which states gain or lose seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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2020 Census: Technology, the Citizenship Question and Stopping Disinformation

Count everyone once, only once and in the right place. That’s the rallying cry of the U.S. Census Bureau, which will soon embark on the 2020 Census, the decennial count of every resident in the nation. And the data collected is vital, says Ron Jarmin, the bureau’s acting director.

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