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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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Census Goes to SCOTUS

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross issued a memorandum earlier this year stating a citizenship question would be added to the 2020 census questionnaire.

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Mixed Reactions to 2020 Census Preparation

The one-and-only end-to-end test of the decennial census is complete, and the results are, well, mixed.

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Counting, Citizenship Questions Abound for Census Official at Summit

Los Angeles—In a fiery session at the recent NCSL Legislative Summit, James Whitehorne, chief of the redistricting and voting rights office of the U.S. Census Bureau, faced questions from an overflowing room touching on all aspects of the 2020 Census.

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Category: Elections, Census
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Confidentiality, the Census and Trust in the Federal Government

Soi why should I give my personal information, such as where I live, to the federal government? And what protections are in place to ensure my information is kept confidential?

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The Census is Coming and States are Preparing

States have much to lose if everyone is not counted. Congressional apportionment is conducted, redistricting undertaken, and hundreds of billions of dollars are allocated—all based on census data.

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Census Gets Funding Bump, Adds Citizenship Question

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018, signed by President Donald Trump on March 23, includes an increase in funding for the 2020 census.

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Census Mapping Tools Help Find Where Hard-to-Count Americans ROAM

Legislators know their districts. But they can always know them a little better. And with the 2020 census approaching fast—only 25 months before the official count starts—members may be curious about spotting any particularly hard-to-count areas. 

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How Legislators Can Ensure an Accurate Census

California gained its last US House congressional seat by a mere 18 people after the 2000 Census. In Clark County, Nev., officials used census data to identify the at-home spoken language for a population of children who were disproportionately drowning at public pools so that they could be effectively reached. And Thomas Jefferson conducted the first census in 1790.

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