With 2019 now upon us, the 2020 Census is right around the corner. Join the Coalition on Human Needs and the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights to find out what you need to know as the year-long countdown to the next decennial census begins.
You'll hear from experts on the importance of a complete and accurate count, how inadequate outreach would be detrimental to our democracy, and an overview of the state of play around whether a citizenship question will be included. You'll get a preview of what will happen between now and 2020, how to keep up the pressure on Congress and the Administration to ensure a fair Census, and what can be done to improve the count of certain populations such as young children that have been under-counted in the past.
The decennial census is one of the foundational building blocks of our democracy. The demographic information gleaned by the Census Bureau is used to make critical decisions both by the government and the private sector, such as the allocation of funding for social services and where non-profits and businesses decide to expand their operations. And the official count will be used for electoral redistricting and the reapportionment of Congress itself.
So much is at stake, and many important changes are in store for the 2020 Census. This time, there will be a greater emphasis on gathering Census form responses online. And in spite of a federal judge’s recent ruling, questions still remain about the inclusion of a citizenship question for the first time in decades, which could result in lower response rates from populations that have historically been undercounted to begin with.
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