Democracy is in Danger When the Census Undercounts Vulnerable Populations

3/29/2018 - Assistant Professor of Science and Technology Studies Emily Klancher Merchant at The Conversation.

The 2020 U.S. Census is still two years away, but experts and civil rights groups are already disputing the results.

At issue is whether the census will fulfill the Census Bureau’s mandate to “count everyone once, only once, and in the right place.”

The task is hardly as simple as it seems and has serious political consequences. Recent changes to the 2020 census, such as asking about citizenship status, will make populations already vulnerable to undercounting even more likely to be missed. These vulnerable populations include the young, poor, nonwhite, non-English-speaking, foreign-born and transient.

Read the full story at The Conversation.