The citizenship question isn’t the only threat to the census. Here’s what’s at stake.

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The Washington Post Company

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The Washington Post Monkey Cage


After repeated setbacks in the courts, the Trump administration has given up on its efforts to place a citizenship question on the 2020 Census. Even so, Trump’s repeated emphasis on citizenship — combined with operational challenges in carrying out the census — could still risk what’s called a “differential undercount,” in which some states and demographic groups are undercounted much more than others. How are public officials and others trying to ensure that everyone is counted?


Published in The Washington Post Monkey Cage. July 11, 2019. Permalink.