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What's at stake with the 2020 Census?

Mar 28, 2019



On this edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss the decennial census. On April 1st 2020, the US government will engage in its largest peacetime mobilization for the count.

An undercount could cause California to lose a representative in Congress, and billions of dollars for social services are distributed based on the census. The Supreme Court is expected to decide if this next census will include a question about citizenship, which would be the first time that is asked in almost 70 years. What’s at stake, and what should we expect, from the 2020 census?


Casey Farmer, Executive Director of the Alameda County Complete Count Committee

Julia Marks, staff attorney with the Voting Rights program at Asian Americans Advancing Justice

Web Resources:

US News: 2020 Census: Congressional Seats, Federal Funds at Risk

NBC: Wilbur Ross grilled over role in adding citizenship question to 2020 census

CBS: Census Bureau prepares to fight disinformation campaigns ahead of 2020 count