Census winners, losers
‘Our tribes did everything that they could … to get counted’
April 27, 2021
The results of the 2020 U.S. Census have been released and there are some losers, winners and a few near misses.
The count is used to determine each state’s representation in the U.S. House and the Electoral College. In two instances, the Native vote is credited with helping a state either gain or keep a Congressional seat in close calls.
Counting U.S. residents in 2020 was challenging for the U.S. Census Bureau. The pandemic, and record-setting wildfire and hurricane seasons disrupted the count. A last-minute attempt by the former president to add a citizenship question to the census form confused people. That idea was shot down by the U.S. Supreme Court as unconstitutional.