LWVUS submitted substantive comments to the U.S. Census Bureau on the 2020 Address Canvassing operation. The comments addressed the use of technology and intended use of citizenship data with regards to the 2020 Redistricting Data Program.
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The League joined letters calling on the committees of jurisdiction in the U.S. Senate and House to address the inclusion of a citizenship question on the 2020 Census.
The League joined national civil rights, voting rights, labor and criminal justice organizations in submitting comments to the Census Bureau asking that incarcerated persons be counted at their home address, rather than the prison facility they occupy on census day. The League believes that if the Census Bureau modified its residence rule with respect to incarcerated persons, all states and localities will have the opportunity to more accurately and equitably reflect the incarcerated population in their redistricting plans.
The League sent comments to the Census Bureau regarding the decision to continue using the “usual residence” rule. The rule counts incarcerated citizens at their prison addresses rather than their home addresses.