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Aug. 21, 2019 – Federal Officials are Signaling a Potential Departure from Centuries of Precedent in Congressional Apportionment

Recent statements made by officials from the Justice Department and the Census Bureau have sent mixed signals about whether citizenship data collected as a result of President Trump’s July executive order will be factored into the process of dividing the country’s congressional seats and Electoral College votes.

While census counts since 1790 have included citizens and non-citizens, the history of exactly who is counted has varied considerably. In the face of clarifying questions from the press and Congress,  Census Bureau director Steven Dillingham has not provided clear answers as to whether citizenship will be factored into apportionment data he is federally mandated to provide to the president following the 2020 census.

Aug. 14, 2019 WDET 101.9 FM: Here’s How Detroit Will Count Every Resident for 2020 Census
In 2010, Detroit was estimated to have missed almost 40% of residents in the census count. Engaging with trusted messengers, amplifying authentic voices, and partnering with people in their own neighborhoods will be crucial to ensuring everyone is counted. Listen here for an overview from NPR’s Morning Edition.

Aug. 1, 2019 – 2020 Census: Address Canvassing Operation

To ensure a complete list of addresses, the US Census Bureau will begin sending workers to neighborhoods around the country this month. Read more.

July 26, 2019 – Be counted: Minority Media Summit expresses importance of participating in upcoming census.

Publishers of the region’s biggest ethnic newspapers gathered at Wayne State University’s McGregor Conference Center on July 24 for the 2019 Minority Media Summit. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Wayne County Executive Warren Evans and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan were also in attendance. Read more.

July 24, 2019 – Ebersole Singh named Michigan census chief

Kerry Ebersole Singh has been named Michigan statewide census director, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Wednesday. Ebersole Singh has been a fixture in Democratic politics for the last 20 years, working at the national, state and local level. She is CEO of Persuasion Link LLC., a Michigan-based public affairs firm. In the last six years, she has served as the Michigan state director and senior advisor to the Energy Foundation States and Regions program. Read more.

July 24, 2019 – Congressional Black Caucus Launches Census 2020 Taskforce

Nationally, the Congressional Black Caucus launched a 2020 Census task force aimed at addressing historical undercounts of African American communities. Read more.

July 11,2019 – Donald Trump drops fight to get citizenship question on 2020 census; other federal records to be used

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Thursday dropped efforts to get a citizenship question on the 2020 census, saying he would use other means to seek information about the number of noncitizens in the country. Read more.