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A small sliver of a congressional district in Pennsylvania crossed four counties, on a map that was ruled to be a partisan gerrymandering plan. AP Photo/Keith Srakocic

Votes cast in November will shape Congress through 2030

When voters in November pick among the candidates for state legislatures, they are choosing the people who will make the new electoral maps for congressional elections.
Community groups, like this one in Phoenix, have been working to get people of color to contribute their information to the census. AP Photo/Terry Tang

Shortened census count will hurt communities of color

The census will likely count fewer Black Americans, Indigenous peoples, Asian Americans and Americans of Hispanic or Latino origin than there actually are.
The pandemic has stretched out the amount of time the census is being conducted, contributing to worries over accuracy. Kena Benakur/AFP via Getty Images

Pandemic, privacy rules add to worries over 2020 census accuracy

An accurate census requires good data in and good data out. With the 2020 census, the US has unprecedented challenges with both.
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Your guide to the 2020 census questionnaire

Emily Klancher Merchant, a historian of science and technology at the University of California at Davis, shares some of the most interesting stories behind the 2020 census questionnaire
Census Campaign executive director Victoria Kovari looks over a Detroit map showing city neighborhoods that were undercounted in the 2010 census. AP Photo/Corey Williams

Census undercounts are normal, but demographers worry this year could be worse

How accurate will the 2020 census be? A demographer explains which communities are hard to count, how the coronavirus could affect the process and what's at stake.
Alaska Native girls prepare to dance in honor of the beginning of the 2020 Census in rural Alaska. The Census count begins in this state out of necessity and tradition. AP Images/Gregory Bull

Indian Country leaders urge Native people to be counted in 2020 Census

Native Americans who live in villages and on traditional lands have been undercounted by the U.S. Census for decades.
Fears of the census may have informed the Bureau’s 2020 tagline. U.S. Census Bureau

Why some Americans don’t trust the census

A quarter of Americans, many of them non-white, are worried about data privacy and confidentiality in the 2020 census.
A U.S. Census Bureau staff member uses digital maps to help identify where people live and need to be counted. U.S. Census Bureau via AP

The census goes digital – 3 things to know

Collecting census data online creates new risks to the accuracy and integrity of the information. Here's what to be aware of.
Families in rural areas are harder for the Census Bureau to reach. Rafa artphoto/Shutterstock.com

Why the 2020 census matters for rural Americans

People living in rural and small town America have much at stake in the 2020 census. But census participation tends to be lower in rural areas.

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