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Vermont's Secretary of State says he doesn't support adding a citizenship question on the 2020 census.

Census data is used to determine federal funding levels, meaning inaccurate counts could impact states' appropriations.

"T$3 he... legislation (would) ensure the 2020 census is free from politicization and accurately reflects the American population", Engel said via Twitter on Thursday.

By Constitutional requirement, the census is taken at the beginning of every decade.

To get an accurate count, the Census Bureau must build an accurate address list of every housing unit, maximize self-response to the census, and efficiently follow up with those who do not respond. "California simply has too much to lose for us to allow the Trump administration to botch this important decennial obligation". Justice's top gun, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, has long objected to Voting Rights Act provisions that create extra burdens for some states, including his home state of Alabama. In many countries, a census is used for terrible purposes, including drafting individuals into involuntary military service.

The Census Bureau hasn't included a citizenship question in its once-a-decade survey sent to all US households since 1950, before the Civil Rights era and passage of a 1965 law created to help ensure minority groups in the count are fully represented.

Barbara Anderson, a sociology professor at the University of MI and chair of CSAC, questioned how one could say that asking about citizenship on the ACS was an adequate substitute for testing it on the decennial census. Today, surveys of sample populations, such as the Current Population Survey and the ACS, continue to ask a question on citizenship.

Administration officials say they need the question to enforce the Voting Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination that might interfere with minorities' right to vote.

"In so doing, Ross and Sessions explicitly tied the collection of 2020 Census information to federal law enforcement", says Brookings's Robert Shapiro. Unfortunately, the citizenship question was officially added after the Census Bureau had already begun its 2018 End-to-End test in Providence, Rhode Island.

The U.S. decennial census is a hallowed institution that lies at the heart of our democracy.

So far, the census has not included specific questions about sexual orientation or gender identity, although in 2016, the Census Bureau received requests from the Justice Department and three other federal agencies for those question topics to be added to a smaller, annual survey the bureau also conducts - the American Community Survey.

IL is among a dozen states planning to sue the administration to get the question removed from the census.

A question regarding citizenship has already embroiled the 2020 census in controversy.

About half the country's 44 million immigrants are USA citizens, according to the latest American Community Survey. "The immigrant is not going to trust the census employee when they are continuously hearing a contradicting message from the media every day threatening to deport immigrants", one Arabic-speaking respondent told the bureau.

Illinois' economic and government dysfunction manifests itself in countless ways.

"I wouldn't answer any questions before", she said as she made her way to work on Tuesday.