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April 4, 2018
In late March, the Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross decided to include a question pertaining to citizenship in the 2020 Census.
This decision is bad for the census, bad for our communities and bad for America.
Stand with the League against this attempt to undermine the purpose of the U.S. Census. Call on Congress to take action and correct this issue before it's too late.
The Census occurs once every ten years, so it is imperative to get the most accurate count. Every community relies on Census data -- from apportioning our national representatives to making decisions about public safety and neighborhood resources -- this information impacts every aspect of our lives. A fair and accurate count lets our leaders and businesses make sound investment decisions that keep our communities thriving. Including a citizenship question on the Census undermines the rights of eligible voters and threatens a process vital to our democracy
The United States Constitution mandates an accurate count of all people living in the United States + not all citizens. For more than 200 years, the Census has collected information about the geographic distribution of our population so we can provide representation and invest in our communities equitably. Without a complete count of our nation's people, businesses will not have the tools to make sound investment decisions that keep our communities thriving.
We will do everything in our power to correct this issue before it's too late.
For more information about the issue, including talking points, click here
Yours in the fight,
Chris Carson President, LWVUS
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