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Trump admin to end census October 5, defying judge order

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Next station is, Autocracy-Dictatorship.

Please mind the gap between the train and the platform.

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Pennywise

What does the U.S. census include, and why is it bad for it to end early? 

YOUR GOD IS NOT HERE MICHAEL NOR WILL HE EVER BE

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Nemo
1 hour ago, Pennywise said:

What does the U.S. census include, and why is it bad for it to end early? 

It includes name, age, and address, among other details, but that stuff is kept secret for 75 years, by law. (I mean, when we used to have laws, at least.) What it mainly does is just to count how many people live in each area. This information determines how congressional representatives are apportioned (the only essential constitutional function of the census), along with other things like the allocation of various resources.

Ending early means an inevitable undercount. For whatever reason -- although responding is very easy, and BTW it's not too late to do so if your household hasn't already -- many people initially don't respond. So, the Census Bureau hires a ton of temporary workers to go door-to-door, and try to count everyone. (They have a good estimate of who's where already, which is how they know where to look; but the formal count is legally important.) Cutting this phase short means they probably won't get to everyone, which is probably intentional. Or, it may be that the idea is just to allow enough time to get the final report in during the Trump administration, so they can put their own nefarious spin on it.

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1 hour ago, Pennywise said:

What does the U.S. census include, and why is it bad for it to end early? 

The census provides critical demographical data that informs transformative decisions. It is constitutionally mandated to happen every ten yrs, to count every person in the country and where they inhabit. It just your asks your age, sex, race, living situation and location.That's it.

That info helps inform where billions of federal money gets allocated into the community, can redraw districts and determine the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives. If there's an undercount. You're screwed for 10 years.

Ex: if only 500 ppl in a 1000 person town answer the census: They may only get money and services to sustain 500 people.Why do you need all these schools, and public services and fire/police coverage for only 500 people? Now your schools and hospitals are overcrowded and there are underserved and vulnerable parts of your community.  You don't have a population that merits 4 people representing you in the House. Now your local voice is underrepresented when things need to be voted on. Developers looking for 1k population towns will keep moving. Now your town has lost vital housing, employment and business growth opportunities.

The census is done by literally walking door to door and collecting this info. But some ppl don't answer, some are super paranoid or don't send back the mail in or online questionnaire. This year was slow already, then covid came. People still haven't been sending in their questionnaire. Newark was literally promising free food if you fill in these five damn questions.

tldr: Now cutting it short could mean the decimation of communities via lack of federally funded services and representation.

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Lion Heart

Just send your forms already people. :saladga: 

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bionic

Its not the end of the world because a Biden administration would be allowed to order another one

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