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Why the Census matters now more than ever

THE QUESTION OF HOW MANY MEN, women and children live within our borders seems an academic one. A factoid, easily answered by the U.S. Census Bureau, which, by constitutional decree, updates its tally every decade using an army of 635,000 “enumerators” who are employed to walk door-to-door, clipboards in hand.

Of course, the Census results are more than trivia. They inform the very foundation of our electoral process: how state

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