The census is part of the US Constitution. In a government by the people the original intent of the census was to make sure the people were represented. Some argue that asking about more than just a simple head count is against the Constitution. That’s not the case actually. The Constitution says Congress is to decide how the census is carried out. If, then, someone in Trump’s administration is using the census to rig the government in favor of the GOP then Congress itself has the power to stop that and if such a person is doing this against existing laws then they can be taken to task for it.
The issue outlined by this (clearly biased) article is, “The Constitution requires a count of “the whole number of persons in each state” — citizens and noncitizens alike. But Ross conspired with then-Trump-deputies Steve Bannon, Kris Kobach and Attorney General Jeff Sessions — heroes to white nationalists, all — to order the Census Bureau to include a citizenship question for the first time in 70 years.”
Of course the census has never been just a count of heads. It has from the start included counting who was a woman, a man, head of household, slave, bond servant, and excluded native Americans not taxed as outlined in 1790, “cause the number of the inhabitants within their respective districts to be taken; omitting in such enumeration Indians not taxed, and distinguishing free persons, including those bound to service for a term of years, from all others; distinguishing also the sexes and colours of free persons, and the free males of sixteen years and upwards from those under that age.”
What do you think? Does citizenship matter? Does being a non-taxed native American matter? Should we just do a head count and base representation on that number? Or do we say that only those eligible to vote are those who should be counted as they are the only ones able to actually pick their representative?
How Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross is trying to rig American democracy for the GOP