Leave the Census Alone

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Your DGB for today is to tell the Census Bureau to ignore the DOJ.

Latest in a long line of terrible ideas coming out of Jeff Session’s Keebler Elf Tree, recently the Dept. of Justice sent a letter to the U.S. Census Bureau requesting that a question be added to the survey regarding the takers’ citizenship. The American census is an important tool in everything from allocating Federal funds to Congressional representation. Nowhere in the Constitution does it say that it exists to count eligible voters (keeping in mind that figure would exclude children and teenagers under 18) and the Supreme Court has already ruled that undocumented people should be accounted for when apportioning representation. This is just a back door method of suppressing the participation of certain folks, by scaring them out of answering surveys and will likely make the census more expensive to administer. Read more about the issue here and here.

The handling of the matter is still up in the air at the Census Bureau. Here is the feedback page on the Bureau website: https://www.census.gov/acs/www/acs-feedback.php?intcmp=acscmsrt, Please take a moment to tell them you think the DOJ’s instruction is wrongheaded.

And of course let your Congressional reps know how you feel as the 2020 Census questions will be submitted to them soon for approval.