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The United States conducts a census to periodically assess the population.
The Census Bureau conducts the census every 10 years, counting the voting public.
At the conclusion of each census, the results are used to calculate many factors in relation to states’ needs.
The last U.S. Census was taken in 2020.
In addition to the obvious challenges of taking a census that year, with the pandemic altering daily activities, it seems there are massive miscounts of citizens that lean in a particular direction.
The suspicious numbers have been noticed and reported on, and now the government is admitting its errors, which turn out to be quite partisan.
In March 2022, reports started mentioning that mistakes were made in the census.
MSNBC reported then that “…the U.S. Census continues to fail. Census leaders say they recognize the problems and vow to do better, but when the next census is ready to go in 2030, will the bureau be ready? Or will it fail again?”
Pew Trust reported in 2022, “Two years after the census 2020, many cities and states say the count wildly underestimated their residents, costing them significant federal and state money for the social services and infrastructure their areas need.
The numbers also have created confusion in drawing new voting districts, potentially leaving some areas with less political power than they should have in state legislators and Congress.
While the U.S. Census Bureau has created programs to fix the errors, many state and local officials say they are not sufficient.”
Pew Trust went on to report a complaint by a mayor who had filed a complaint.
The mayor of Smithville, Mississippi stated, “According to the most recent census, we have lost half our population, which cannot be true. ”
The census counted 509 people in the town, down from 942 in 2010.
The town had experience temporary upheaval when devastated by a tornado, but counted 645 residents afterward, and has steadily grown since then, the mayor noted.
Now, the U.S. Census Bureau admitted it overcounted or undercounted populations of 14 states during its 2020 constitutionally required decennial count.
The federal agency’s report indicates that overcounts occurred in Democratic-dominated states while population undercounts affected Republican-dominated states.
The number of House memberships to which each state is entitled. The 435 House seats are divided among the 50 states based on population.
So the count of the census is crucial to the number of representatives in Congress.
Breitbart News further reported on the revelation:
With the 2022 elections roughly 50 days away and the Supreme Court about to take up major election cases, conservatives are crying foul and demanding answers.
The Census Clause of the Constitution requires a census to count the United States population every 10 years. Those totals determine how many seats in Congress each state has, what the lines of every federal and state legislative district is in each of those states, and how many votes each state has in the Electoral College to elect the president every four years.
An official survey shows that census workers undercounted people in Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Texas. The same survey shows workers overcounted people in Delaware, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, and Utah.
Every single undercounted state is a reliable Republican state in presidential elections, including Florida, which is the home state of Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis. By contrast, all of the overcounted states except two – Ohio and Utah – have reliably voted for Democrats in recent elections.
As a result, Florida will lack two U.S. House seats it should have gained and Texas is deprived of one House seat, numbers that also impact how many votes those two states have in the Electoral College.
“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,” wrote Hans von Spakovsky of the Heritage Foundation and the American Constitutional Rights Union, “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.”
Von Spakovsky also noted that the 5.05 percent overcount in Rhode Island allowed that state to keep a congressional seat to which the Constitution does not entitle it, and the same can be said of Minnesota, which was overcounted by 3.84 percent.
In contrast to these 2020 failures, the 2010 census had an error rate of only 0.01 percent. No one has explained these explosions in the failure rate for 2020, or why they benefit the Democrat Party.
In August the Heritage Foundation reported:
“These costly errors will distort congressional representation and the Electoral College.
It means that when the Census Bureau reapportioned the House of Representatives, Florida was cheated out of two additional seats it should have gotten; Texas missed out on another seat; Minnesota and Rhode Island each kept a representative they shouldn’t have, and Colorado was swarded a new member fo the House it didn’t deserve.”