This week, State Voices took a stand for civic representation and joined more than 60 partners to sign on to the Census Project’s letter urging the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to increase funding for the 2020 Census in the 2016’s Congressional budget. The full text of the letter is available here.

“An accurate Census count is critical to a healthy democracy—it’s the basis for allocating representatives and drawing voting districts,” said Roger Vann, State Voices’ Executive Director. “By failing to adequately fund the 2020 Census, we risk undercounting already marginalized communities—diluting and perhaps even silencing their voices in our political process.”

Currently, the House has voted to cut funding for the Periodic Censuses and Programs while the Senate Appropriations Committee approved only a fraction of the White House’s requested budget increases. These reductions would limit vital efficiency testing and implementation efforts and could also force the Census to make drastic cuts to the existing program.

“I can’t imagine a more important issue for State Voices to be heard on,” Alexis Anderson-Reed, Senior Director of Programs, explains. “Ensuring a fair and accurate Census count is foundational to our mission to protect and preserve the three pillars of democracy: civic access, civic engagement, and civic representation.”