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The 2020 census is in serious trouble

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published at 05 Feb 2018

The 2020 census is in serious trouble

Problems have plagued the US Census Bureau in recent decades.

Learn how the census definition of race has changed over time: http://bit.ly/2s5gWN2

The 2020 census was added to the Government Accountability Office’s list of programs with a high-risk of failure. And failing to accurately count the population would threaten the integrity of the country’s most authoritative dataset that drives public policy.

Because the census is used in for a myriad of democratic functions, it’s important that the US gets it right. But now the Department of Justice has proposed to change the 2020 form, which could create further problems for the bureau.

Sources and relevant links:

A look at the DOJ request to add a citizenship question:
https://www.propublica.org/article/trump-justice-department-pushes-for-citizenship-question-on-census-alarming-experts

For more context on the budgetary concerns at the CB:
https://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-18-215T

Do you live in a hard-to-count tract? Find out here:
http://www.censushardtocountmaps2020.us/

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