It wouldn’t be 2020 if the census went according to plan.
The census may seem like a boring, bureaucratic topic, but its impact on our daily lives is huge and the results have the potential to reinforce or redress racial and economic disparities.
The number of changes and controversies that have dogged the 2020 census could make your head spin.
First, there was the battle over including a citizenship question, which the Trump administration lost last year but not before it stoked fear of the census for undocumented immigrants. (The citizenship question controversy resulted in the Census Bureau having to spend millions to reassure immigrants that their data would not be shared with authorities.)