States Worried About 2020 Census Impact from Delays and Differential Privacy

The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) wrote to the House Oversight & Reform Committee on May 14, 2020 about the delays to the 2020 Census “and their state impact on redistricting,” as well as the Census Bureau’s use of “differential privacy as its statistical method for protecting individual data,” two issues presenting “a conundrum for many states.”

Delayed census operations and reporting “present serious hurdles for states constrained by state constitutional and statutory requirements for districting and elections.” Meanwhile, “differential privacy has caused state concerns regarding the accuracy of the data they will receive.”

NCSL asked for a “meaningful consultation” between the Census Bureau and states regarding their concerns and for vigorous Congressional oversight.

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