More Intense Than the Arrow Pointing Down
The Census has issues
The 2010 census is going to be inaccurate
Washington, AP, ‘09
(Jesse Washington writer for AP April 4 2009
The Government Accountability Office recently said the 2010 census is in "serious trouble"; on March
6, the GAO reported that the census was still behind schedule and had no clear plan to improve the
counting of minorities
Budgets that were cut during the Bush administration are slowly being
replenished; the stimulus package included $1 billion for the census.
Minority groups still claim that
spending levels for outreach are currently below 2000 levels. "We're doing less advertising than 2000,
and there are a lot more people to count
," Escobedo said.
Buckner said that when 2010 budgets are
approved, the Census Bureau expects to spend more on advertising. The total 2010 census budget is
expected to be between $14 billion and $15 billion, the most ever, he said.
Still, Ao, of the Asian
American Justice Center, said "we definitely run the risk of having, possibly, a more inaccurate
census" than 2000
Low-income communities are disproportionately undercounted in the census
Reamer, Brookings Institute fellow, 2/17/09
(Andrew Reamer, Brookings Institute fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program, 2/17/09, http://www.brookings.edu/
Both sides’ concerns
best addressed by focusing on the Census Bureau
At issue: Low-income communities, particularly
low-income communities of color, are more likely to
be undercounted in the census.
These same minority communities also tend to vote Democratic. After
the 1980 and 1990 censuses, lawsuits were filed to require the federal government to use census
numbers “adjusted” for the undercount as the basis for congressional apportionment.
The Census Bureau’s own evaluation of the accuracy of its 1990 count tells you why: 5 percent of
blacks and Hispanics were lost in the count, but less than 1 percent of whites disappeared