“Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers…”
- The Constitution of the United States, Article I, Section 2.
We know that you’ve been watching the growing conCensus in favor of impeachment, which means you probably aren’t counting down the days to the next 10-year Census Count this April. Forgot why it’s so important in the first place? We get it. Don’t worry, you can count on us to break it down for you!
Let’s start with the history of the Census Count (we’ll be quick). The Census Count determines the number of seats in the House of Representatives each state gets (think Electoral College votes!), as well as access to federal dollars. The framers of the U.S. Constitution chose population to be the basis for sharing political power, not wealth or land. While that is how it was supposed to shake out, since the Census Count allocates billions of dollars of resources and political power, there are strong interests at work trying to suppress the numbers (and power) in many communities -- especially black and brown communities. Trump tried to add a citizenship question to the upcoming 2020 census in an effort to fear monger people into not responding. We can’t let that happen; all-of-us must count in the census.
1 Pledge to be counted in the census, and learn how to take action here.
2 You can also learn more about the 2020 census from our friends at Axios here.