Who We Are
The Census Committee spent several months in 2019 tracking the proposal to add a question about citizenship to the 2020 Census. During that time, LWVUS joined over 300 civil rights, faith, and labor groups to call on Congress to hold oversight hearings on Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’ decision to include such a question on the Census form.
On June 27, 2019, the Supreme Court determined that a citizenship question would not be included on the 2020 Census.
What We Do
Currently we are connecting with the Office of Community Partnerships and Shawn Ellis, 2020 Census Coordinator for Montgomery County to offer support as Census gets underway. We are studying ways we can provide practical help for a complete count. We are also interested in how the census impacts redistricting and the distribution of federal funding for education, roads, health care facilities, etc. The committee is also interested in the procedures used to collect census data; for example, what impact will the online collection of data have on the response rate.
What You Can Do
We welcome your help as a “researcher” and a doer. We need League members to help support the collection of Census data.
What We’re Keeping An Eye On
Progress in preparing for and executing a Complete Count Census.
Contact: Judy Davis and Nancy McMahan Farrar, co chairs.