Assessing the US Census

July 8, 2019

In assessing the 2020 US Census, a New York Times article finds that “risks abound,” including software glitches, cyberattacks, inadequate preparation, political interference, public distrust, and the spread of misinformation. But on a reassuring note, a scholar who has closely examined the track record of the decennial enumerations pointed out in Issues that “every modern census has delivered acceptable results on time.” Still, continued vigilance is warranted, she added, and offered some specific steps the Census Bureau could take to protect the 2020 count.

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