Join the New York Census 2020 Campaign to Ensure a Fair and Accurate Count
The U.S. Constitution requires a count of the nation’s population — or census — every ten years to determine the number of congressional representatives for each state and to distribute federal funding (over $880 billion, nationally, in 2016).
The United States Census Bureau’s proposed plan to add a citizenship question to the survey (for the first time since 1950) and new online technology is expected to complicate the accuracy of “hard to count” populations. An undercount would cost the City resources, political representation, and critical data for government, business, and for infrastructure needs such as building schools and roads.
The citizenship question was recently ruled unconstitutional by a New York federal judge and is expected to be heard by the Supreme Court in February. The Fiscal Policy Institute has proposed a modest $40 million investment in this year’s budget for community-based organizations to do outreach around the 2020 Census. Locally, Mayor de Blasio proposed $4.3 million for a “Get Counted NYC” program to support a community outreach campaign. In the meantime, join New York Census 2020 to make sure every New Yorker is counted in 2020.