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Washington, D.C. – The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund and the National Latino Commission on Census 2020 today released a new report, “The Community Speaks: A Report of the National Latino Commission on Census 2020”, during a briefing with stakeholders and partners at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. The new report from the bipartisan Latino Commission outlines the state of Census 2020 for Latinos and its findings and recommendations for how Congress, the Administration, and the U.S. Census Bureau can act now to save the upcoming decennial count and ensure that the Latino community is fully counted.
On May 6, 2019 the North Carolina General Assembly filed HB1014: The 2020 VOTING DISTRICT VERIFICATION PROGRAM. HB1014 provides guidance on the state’s participation in the United States Census Bureau (USCB) Redistricting Data Program. Under this program, states are able to receive voting district data as a part of the redistricting data file the USCB sends to states following the 2020 Census. This data is critical for redistricting. For example, it helps map drawers identify and avoid splitting voting precincts. In order for states to receive this data they must comply with a set of guidelines set forth in the USCB Redistricting Data Program.
The population most likely to be left out of the Census count in 2020 is also the one with the most to lose: Young children and their families. Young children of color are even more likely not to be counted. NC Child made this short video to help you and your members get the word out to the families you work with every day.
The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments Tuesday in a legal battle with lasting implications that could dramatically affect political representation and federal funding over the next decade. The justices are weighing whether to allow the Trump administration to add a question about U.S. citizenship status to forms for the upcoming 2020 census. In multiple lawsuits brought by dozens of states, cities and other groups, three federal judges at U.S. district courts have issued rulings blocking the administration's plans for the question. It asks, "Is this person a citizen of the United States?"
The Supreme Court on Tuesday takes up the term’s most important case to the Trump administration, whether it may add a question about citizenship to the 2020 Census form sent to every American household. The census hasn’t asked the question of each household since 1950, and three federal district court judges have forbidden the Commerce Department from adding it to the upcoming count. They say Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’s rationale for adding the question was pretext, and that he violated what one judge called a “veritable smorgasbord” of federal laws and rules by overriding the advice of career officials who said it would cause an undercount of the nation’s population, required each decade by the Constitution.
Growth in the Triangle continues as the Raleigh metropolitan area — with nearly 1.4 million people in Wake, Johnston and Franklin counties — ranked 10th nationally in percentage growth from 2010 to 2018 with 20.5%. The U.S. Census Bureau released population estimates Thursday for all 3,142 U.S. counties and 390 metropolitan statistical areas as of July 1, 2018. Raleigh’s growth ranked it just behind Orlando, Florida. Six N.C. metropolitan areas increased in population by at least 10 percent from 2010 to 2018: ▪ The Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia metro (Mecklenburg and Gaston counties and York County, SC), population 2.56 million, ranked 31st nationally with 15.9% growth. ▪ The Wilmington metro area (New Hanover and Pender counties) grew 15.5% and ranked 36th. ▪ The Durham-Chapel Hill metro area (Durham, Orange, Chatham, and Person), now with 575,000 people, ranked 47th with 13.6% growth. ▪ Jacksonville (Onslow), ranked 66th, grew 11.2%. ▪ Burlington (Alamance), ranked 81st, grew 10.1%.
Counting Mecklenburg County’s residents impact the bottom line. Political, business and nonprofit leaders are banding together on a local initiative to provide a more accurate headcount, especially in traditionally difficult to engage communities, in the run-up to the 2020 census. Mecklenburg County and the NC Counts Coalition launched Meck Counts 2020, an outreach and engagement effort. At stake is political representation as well as billions of dollars in federal funding tied to data from the decennial population enumeration.
A complete and accurate census count is incredibly important. The census shapes how billions of dollars in federal funding are distributed, how congressional seats are apportioned, and how communities plan for their future residents. But certain populations have historically been undercounted in the census, due to a variety of factors. Undercounting these communities skews the census data that’s used to ensure fair political representation and support community planning. To help North Carolina achieve a complete and accurate census count, Carolina Demography worked with the NC Counts Coalition to create a map that identifies communities across the state that are most at risk of being undercounted in the 2020 Census.
Raleigh, NC (March 28, 2019) – On April 1, 2019 – one year out from Census day 2020 - NC Counts Coalition and Carolina Demography will launch a new North Carolina specific interactive map that will help North Carolina identify hard-to-count communities in preparation for the 2020 Census. Hard-to-count communities are populations that historically have not been fully counted and represented in the Census count. North Carolina’s hard-to-count communities include young children, communities of color, immigrants and renters.
One year out from Census day 2020, NC Counts Coalition in partnership with the NC Complete Count Commission, Mecklenburg County, Gaston County, Cumberland County, and Carolina Demography will participate in a national day of action for the 2020 Census. This coordinated effort will raise awareness of the importance of the 2020 Census to North Carolina, while highlighting Census preparation initiatives among North Carolina’s communities.