The information would help the department enforce the Voting Rights Act by providing "a reliable calculation of the citizen voting-age population in localities where voting rights violations are alleged or suspected".
The question had been included in censuses up until 1950.
"Even if only a few different-sex couples make an error where they appear to be same-sex couples, it's a large enough problem that it, for lack of a better word, contaminates the same-gender couples' sample", says Gates, a former research director of the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law. And when states and cities are undercounted they lose out on funding and political representation. "Politicizing this tool will have severe consequences for immigrant communities in our country".
Prince George's County, the NAACP's Prince George's County branch and two county residents (branch President Bob Ross and Elizabeth Johnson), also joined the suit. Her spokeswoman did not respond to an email inquiry about the attorney general's position on the census question.
And the advisers also said the new question had "implications for attitudes about the Census Bureau", which is a nonpartisan entity. One of the most damaging is population loss. Immigration rights groups are outraged the president has chose to bring it back.
Meanwhile, the bureau is releasing a feature called "America Counts: Stories Behind the Numbers", which provides some interesting information about our nation.
By Constitutional requirement, the census is taken at the beginning of every decade.
While these redistricting and voting rights cases continue to ricochet through the courts, a new front has been opened in the right-wing effort to suppress the minority vote: the United States Census.
"Such a question would likely depress participation in the 2020 Census from immigrants who fear the government could use the information to target them".
Which brings us to the 2020 census.
Mandated by the U.S. Constitution, the decennial Census counts people where they live in this country once every 10 years, regardless of citizenship status. "That, in turn, would deprive entire communities of fair representation in Congress and in the statehouse and could starve the programs that serve their needs for housing, health care, education and more". Unfortunately, the citizenship question was officially added after the Census Bureau had already begun its 2018 End-to-End test in Providence, Rhode Island.
Democrats want one question removed from the 2020 census: Are you a U.S. citizen?
As a result of the 2010 Census, Washington state, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Georgia and SC gained one seat each in the House while Texas gained four seats and Florida two seats.This did not occur without effect.