The League joined 178 civic organizations on an amicus brief for the census litigation case in New York. The brief supports the lower court’s decision barring Secretary of Commerce Ross from adding a new, untested, and unnecessary citizenship question to the 2020 Census. The groups make clear that adding the citizenship question would harm the communities who stand to lose the most if the 2020 Census includes a citizenship question.
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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 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 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.