2018 is a pivotal year on the road to the 2020 Census. Early field preparations have started; the ‘dress rehearsal’ will take place in Providence County, RI; and the Census Bureau must finalize counting methods and develop a multi-faceted communications plan. As the pace of census activities accelerates, we recap the major policy issues to watch in the coming months.
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Funding Advocacy Around the Census
A message from Gary Bass, Executive Director of the Bauman Foundation:
While the legal opinion linked to above was written for the Bauman Foundation, which is a private foundation, it is very helpful in providing a roadmap for how private foundations in general can play a role in promoting a fair and accurate census.
In 2016, the intelligence community sounded the alarm that our elections had been targeted with cyberattacks by Russian state actors with the intent of usurping American voters’ voices and assisting their preferred candidates.
In the wake of the Parkland shooting, it has once again become clear that the NRA has an outsized impact on policy.
We are now less than two years away from “Census Day,” April 1st, 2020!
What funders can do right now (April-June 2018) to reduce the likelihood of undercount in Census 2020.
Emergency Briefing on Adding Citizenship Question to the 2020 Census
On March 26, at around 9 pm, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced his decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 decennial census, in response to a request from the Department of Justice.
Rethinking Democracy Through Electoral Reform
Our current elections require systemic reforms to increase voter participation, counter racial and partisan gerrymandering, overcome zero-sum polarization, and advance a reflective and representative democracy.
All around the country, philanthropy is mobilizing to ensure a fair and accurate 2020 Census.