Jul 26, 2022 - Politics

The push for a Census recount

Detroit's skyline above Midtown
Detroit's skyline from Midtown. Photos: Samuel Robinson/Axios

City and state officials are pushing for an appeal of the 2020 census.

Driving the news: Mayor Mike Duggan, researchers and elected officials attended a hearing yesterday held by U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Township) to discuss the impacts of an alleged undercount.

  • U of M and Wayne State researchers are estimating an 8% undercount in certain Detroit neighborhoods.

Why it matters: Governments use census data to allocate resources and determine congressional districts.

  • Michigan not only lost a congressional district based on the 2020 census, but the data also shaped the redrawing of its legislative districts.
  • The 2020 census showed Detroit with 639,111 residents, a 10.5% decrease from 2010.

What they're saying: Duggan, who says the city's population is closer to 700,000, cites systemic racism as part of the reason the city was undercounted by 50,000 people, the Detroit News reports.

  • "In a city that's 84% Black and brown, that undercount hits the city of Detroit harder than any other community in America," Duggan said.

The other side: In May, the Census Bureau reported Michigan was not undercounted.

What's next: Duggan said the appeal process with the U.S. Department of Commerce has been slow.

  • If that doesn’t work, Duggan said earlier this year he's prepared to file a federal lawsuit.
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