The Census and Civil Rights

Posted on July 31, 2018
Created by Census Counts

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Why is the 2020 Census a Civil Rights Issue?Fair, proportionate voting representation in our democracy depends on valid census data. That’s why the census is required by the U.S. Constitution.Federal agencies rely on census and American Community Service (ACS) data to monitor discrimination and implement civil rights laws that protect voting rights, equal employment opportunity, and more.Census and ACS data also determine federal funding for health care, education, housing, food and income security, rural access to broadband, and other services.Communities of color, urban and rural low-income households, immigrants, and young children are all at risk of being missed at disproportionately high rates. Being undercounted deprives already vulnerable communities of fair representation and vital community resources.

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