Getting the 2020 Census count right is critical — it will shape political representation, public policy and funding, private sector investments, and determine whose voice is heard at every level of our democracy.
The census has been chronically underfunded for years and the Trump administration’s funding requests are too low to ensure the resources for an accurate count. This is only compounded by the current political climate of fear and mistrust, as well as the Administration’s attempt to add an untested and unnecessary citizenship question. Together, all of this could dampen participation, disenfranchise people in hard to count communities, and result in significant ramifications for redistricting and political representation for the next decade..
Local elected officials have a unique tool: the power to provide budgetary resources to ensure that get out the count (GOTC) efforts reach Hard to Count populations in your local jurisdiction.
Local Progress is pleased to release Using Your Local Budgets to Ensure a Fair Count of Your Community in partnership with the Center for Popular Democracy. Today, we hosted a webinar featuring Councilmember Erica Spell (Hyattsville, MD) and Vice Mayor Sabrina Javellana (Hallandale, FL) along with CPD’s Emma Greenman, Director of Voting Rights and Democracy, and Kate Hamaji, Research Analyst, to review the budget advocacy toolkit and highlight the urgent need for local elected officials to take action to ensure a complete and fair count in their jurisdictions.