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National Faith Leader Condemns Stopping the Census Count Early


Aug 3, 2020​


Michelle Nealy, mnealy@faithinpubliclife.org, (202) 735-7123

Austin Schuler, aschuler@faithinpubliclife.org, (540) 280-3393

National Faith Leader Condemns Stopping the Census Count Early

Washington, D.C. — NPR reports that the Census Bureau will end the Census count a month earlier than planned this year, despite concerns that the constitutionally mandated full count of people in this nation will not yet be completed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rev. Jennifer Butler, CEO of Faith in Public Life:

“Completing the 2020 Census is a moral and constitutional duty. Quitting this work before the count is completed is wrong. An incomplete Census would not affect all Americans equally. It would cause Black, Latino, Native, Asian, immigrant, poor and rural communities to be substantially undercounted, denying them federal funding for critical needs and equal political representation. All of our faith traditions uphold the dignity and value of every human being. Everyone counts to God. Everyone must be counted by our government.”


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