Heavily Latino states lose political clout
Why it matters: Latino people in the U.S. have accounted for around half of the country’s demographic growth for the last decade. This was not reflected in the census numbers.
- Arizona failed to pick up a seat, while Florida and Texas picked up fewer than expected, Cook Political Report's Dave Wasserman tells Axios.
- Congressional apportionments determine access to budget funds and issues of taxation for up to a decade.
Between the lines: The U.S. Census Bureau originally had a delayed schedule to carry out the questionnaires due to pandemic logistics. But the Trump administration ordered the counting to end early.
- Census takers reported they were sometimes instructed to enter false information in order to meet deadlines.
- Immigrants were fearful of filling out the form, since the previous government sought to exclude non-citizens from the final tallies.
What’s next: More in-depth census results, including a demographic breakdown, will be available come September.
Go deeper: The next census fight is over reapportionment.