2020 Census: Democracy Wins

Supreme Court votes against citizenship question

June 27, 2019

On June 26, 2019, the United States Supreme Court voted 5-4 against the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, for now. Democracy won. Delivering the Court’s opinion, Chief Justice John Roberts said that the government lacked the authority to impose the citizenship question. 

Given the unrelenting timetable, it seems unlikely that the citizenship question could be reinstated. The Commerce Department and the Census Bureau should respect the Supreme Court’s decision and immediately proceed with preparations for a 2020 Census that does not include the citizenship question. 

We must all stand up for the representation and resources our communities deserve by participating in the 2020 Census. We must do all we can to ensure every person in America is counted. So much is at stake, from vital funding for safe roads, hospitals, health care, and schools in our communities, to the apportionment of political power in the U.S. House of Representatives and redistricting at the state level. 

We will continue to update you as this important decision works its way through the courts. 



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