Democracy Docket had this data dive. Here is an excerpt:
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) released a wide-ranging report last month on the challenges faced by southern voters last election cycle. Among their highlighted factors to consider as significantly affecting the voting rights landscape was the Census—and what it means for the next 10 years.
The Census is a hugely important foundation of our democracy. An accurate population count allows for fair apportionment of representation, lets the federal government know where to send resources in case of a disaster, and determines the make-up of congressional districts. Undercounting, the most likely shortfall of Census collection efforts, is most likely to exclude children, people of color, working class folks and renters—and thus dilutes their political power. In the South, which is shaping up to be an electoral battleground over the next decade, an accurate Census is particularly urgent.
SPLC’s report identifies three key concerns about the 2020 Census that people worried about the future of voting rights should keep their eyes on. Read our summary below, then head over to the SPLC website to read their full report, “Overcoming the Unprecedented.”
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