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Citizenship Question Could Impact Idaho Census Count

Director Greg Hill was interviewed regarding the 2020 Census and the importance of a correct count in Idaho, a state that is facing rapid growth and an increasing Hispanic population. On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will review a request from the Justice Department to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.

“If there is a population that is afraid to fill out the question because it could somehow impact them individually, the state level impact is broad as well,” he states. “And it doesn’t just affect the Hispanic families that are filling it out, but it’d affect the entire community they live in, the county and the state as well. We need to know who those people are and where they live so we can reapportion in a way that they’re all represented and so that’s really important for us – the fact that we’re growing so quickly,” he states. “The people who are moving here deserve the right to be represented, and this is the only way we can do it.”

Read the full article, titled, Citizenship Question Could Impact 2020 Census in Idaho, on the Public News Service’s website.