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Mapping the Threat of a Census Disaster in 2020

The GOP seems to be betting that damage from a major undercount will be isolated to Democratic-leaning cities. But it’s not that simple.
The hard-to-count places in the U.S. are not limited to left-leaning states and cities.
The hard-to-count places in the U.S. are not limited to left-leaning states and cities. CUNY/Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

At least a dozen states plan to sue the Trump administration over its decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, with the attorneys general of New York and California—populous states with large immigrant populations—leading the charge. But the damage of a potential undercount won’t be confined to the coasts.

Before Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced the citizenship question on Tuesday, the Democratic co-chair of the House Census Caucus had already proposed a bill to block last-minute census interference. Democrats in the Senate introduced mirror legislation to ensure that any changes to the census were properly tested before a survey. Another House Democrat from New York floated the possibility of withholding appropriations for the census.