When the population of the United States is tallied every 10 years, the statistics are used to establish each state’s federal financial allocations and the number of electors required in elections to represent the inhabitants of those states for the next decade.
If mistakes occur, they will have a ten-year impact on these essential topics.
Our most recent national census occurred in 2020.
As a result of revealed inaccuracies, it is anticipated that the next midterm elections and subsequent elections will be significantly impacted by the approaching 2020 census.
In response to the first census, the agency in charge of those figures conducted follow-up interviews that revealed information about the mistakes.
The 2020 mistakes were uncovered after the Census Bureau questioned a significant number of homes across the nation and compared their replies to the initial results from the 2020 census.
In addition to undercounting the population in six states, the poll revealed that the Bureau overestimated the population in Delaware, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, and Utah.
The U.S. Census Bureau drastically undercounted the populations of Florida, Arkansas, Illinois, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Texas, according to a post-2020 census poll.
In addition, it overestimated the population of eight states, seven of which are blue states.
The state of Delaware, which is the home state of Vice President Joe Biden, was overcounted by 5.45%, the highest proportion of any state in the United States.
One analyst presents information on not just the census figures but also flaws in tabulation with far-reaching effects.
Spakovsky of the Daily Caller has the following report:
“There is no remedy in the federal statutes governing the census and apportionment to correct this problem. The scope of this problem was unusually high, and the Census Bureau has not offered any explanation as to how this happened.
By way of comparison, the survey the Census Bureau conducted after the 2010 census showed a statistically insignificant error rate of only 0.01%, which means the Bureau only missed counting 36,000 Americans. Quite a startling difference from the 2020 census.
But Rhode Island and Minnesota were also overcounted by 5.05% and 3.84%, respectively, which allowed each of them to keep a congressional seat to which they are not entitled.”
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
Spakovsky puts the problem in plain terms.
“If a politician from Florida decides to run for president in 2024, his (or her) home state will be short two votes in the Electoral College, and when the new session of the U.S. House of Representatives convenes in January 2023, Florida will be missing two congressional seats to which it is entitled.
Minnesota, according to the original census report, would have lost a congressional seat during reapportionment if it had 26 fewer residents; the survey shows the state was overcounted by 216,971 individuals. Similarly, Rhode Island would have lost a seat if the Census Bureau had counted 19,000 fewer residents. It turns out that the state was overcounted by more than 55,000 individuals. CONTINUE READING…