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At risk: Fair and valid census data for Connecticut

The 2020 Census could be in jeopardy — and it could hit close to home in Connecticut. The right to equal representation for equal numbers of people is enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and the Fourteenth Amendment; though imperfect, this is the basis of our democratic system. The Constitution requires that every ten years, the nation undertakes what is arguably its most essential task: ensuring a fair and valid count of every single one of its now 330 million residents. But for the first time in modern history, a spending limit may hamstring the U.S. Census Bureau, put the accuracy of the count in question and cause a serious — and costly — undercount here.