2 Versions Of Census Prepared, Citizenship Question
CENSUS BUREAU SAYS TWO VERSIONS OF CENSUS SURVEY HAVE BEEN PREPARED: ONE WITH AND ONE WITHOUT CITIZENSHIP QUESTION; SCOTUS RULING TO DETERMINE WHICH ONE IS USED
(CNN) – The U.S. Census Bureau has prepared two versions of the survey for next year’s 2020 census.
One version includes a question asking if the person is a citizen.
The other version does not have the citizenship question.
The version that is ultimately used hinges on a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the validity of the controversial question.
That decision is expected in early summer.
Two federal judges ruled the question must be removed from the 2020 census and chastised the commerce secretary for adding it improperly.
The case moved quickly to the supreme court partly because the government said it faces a deadline for printing the paper forms, which many people will use.
President Trump weighed in Monday, tweeting the census will be “meaningless and a waste of money” if it does not contain the question.
Questions about citizenship have appeared before on the main census survey, which is conducted every 10 years.
But in recent decades, it has also been included on a more detailed annual survey.
That survey only goes to a fraction of the U.S. public.