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Take Action: Citizenship Question is Bad for the Census

Posted July 2018
U.S. Commerce Secretary Willbur Ross has chosen to include a question on the U.S. Census pertaining to citizenship. Including this question on the Census will discourage participation and impact the data collected in every community across the country.

This decision is bad for the census, bad for our communities and bad for America.

The Census occurs once every ten years, so it is imperative to get the most accurate count. Every community relies on Census data — from apportioning our national representatives to making decision about public safety and neighborhood resources — this information impacts every aspect of our lives. A fair and accurate count lets our leaders and businesses make sound investment decisions that keep our communities thriving.

Including a citizenship question on the Census undermines the rights of eligible voters and threatens a process vital to our democracy. We will do everything in our power to correct this issue before it’s too late.

Sign our petition to say you stand with the League as we fight back against this decision.

Judge rejects Kansas voter law
KANSAS CITY STAR, June 25, 2018
Review feedback from newly registered voters and see how the voter citizenship law has impacted League voter registration drives. Read more
TOPEKA , June 20, 2018
A federal judge has struck down a Kansas voter citizenship law that Secretary of State Kris Kobach had personally defended. Read more
League of Women voters marks victory in federal court voting rights case
Read more of this June 19, 2018 press release.
Supreme Court decision fails voters
The Supreme Court’s June 11 decision ruled against Ohio voters in the case Husted v A. Philips Randolph Institute — upholding the state’s practice of purging voters who missed voting in a single election, no matter the reason.
This is unacceptable. We cannot look the other way while thousands of eligible voters are kept from participating in our democracy. The League of Women Voters efforts to fight for the rights of every voter is more important now than ever before.
The Supreme Court got this one wrong. The right to vote is not “use it or lose it.” The public trust in the fairness of our election is badly shaken. This decision will fuel the fire of voter suppressors across the country who want to make sure their chosen candidates win reelection — no matter what the voters say.
The League argues that Ohio’s practice of purging voters for missing a single election no matter what the reason — serving our country, caring for a sick child, or working — violated the National Voter Registration Act and kept hundreds of thousands of eligible, registered voters from participating in the 2016 elections. We have to be ready to fight when other states take this decision as a green light to implement more aggressive voter purges for the coming 2018 elections and beyond.
Jen Miller, Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of Ohio said it best, “Not only did Ohio voters not find justice today, but the high court has opened up the opportunity for extreme voter purging in other states across the country. Today’s decision further limits the Voter Registration Act with an unreliable and unreasonable flag that carries a big impact.”
A democracy is strongest when every voice can be heard — when every eligible voter can cast their vote and have it counted. The League of Women Voters will continue to fight for voting rights, for equality at the ballot box and equal representation in government.         Chris Carson, president LWV US 
Take Action: Citizenship Question is Bad for the Census
U.S. Commerce Secretary Willbur Ross has chosen to include a question on the U.S. Census pertaining to citizenship. Including this question on the Census will discourage participation and impact the data collected in every community across the country.
This decision is bad for the census, bad for our communities and bad for America.
The Census occurs once every 10 years, so it is imperative to get the most accurate count. Every community relies on Census data — from apportioning our national representatives to making decision about public safety and neighborhood resources — this information impacts every aspect of our lives. A fair and accurate count lets our leaders and businesses make sound investment decisions that keep our communities thriving.
Including a citizenship question on the Census undermines the rights of eligible voters and threatens a process vital to our democracy. We will do everything in our power to correct this issue before it’s too late. Stand with the League as we fight back against this decision. Sign the petition.

 

Local news:

KCUR (89.3 FM) Statehouse Blend  is one-part profile and one-part insider look at the Kansas Legislature. Each week, host Sam Zeff welcomes a state representative or senator to the podcast to talk policy and politics, as well as their personal life. We also invite a citizen voice and journalist to round out the conversation over good coffee and donuts. You can hear part of the conversation every Tuesday on Up To Date at 11 a.m.

Kansas news:
Civil rights: Kansas Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights issues report about voting rights and the SAFE Act. The report urges the Kansas legislature to reconsider voting requirements in the context of these findings.
LWVK State Council included a presentation, “Effect on Schools by State Education Funding” by Saline School Superintendent William Hall.

National news:
LWVUS suggests Ten Ways You Can Help Defend Our Democracy