The U.S. Census Bureau has admitted that it overcounted eight states and undercounted six states in the latest census, and, surprise: all but one of the overcounted states is Democrat-majority and all but one of the undercounted states is Republican-majority.
And here are the results of those mistakes: Florida was cheated out of two House seats; Texas one seat; Minnesota and Rhode Island kept one seat each that they shouldn’t have; and Colorado got a new seat it didn’t deserve.
This will have an impact on the Electoral College, and billions of dollars in federal funds will be misallocated because of the mistakes.
The Census originally reported an error rate of .01%, which amounts to around 36,000 people total and is statistically insignificant.
The larger error rate was discovered in the “2020 Post-Enumeration Survey,” which showed that Florida alone was undercounted by three-quarters of a million people and Texas by more than half a million.
And unfortunately, federal code doesn’t give any remedy for a problem like this. There is no way to fix it.
The census was intended to measure the population on April 1, 2020. If a new count is taken in the affected states, it will be on a different date than the other states’ counts and won’t be valid.
And taking a whole new census would also be impractical–and expensive.
No one knows
The most disturbing part about the entire debacle is that no one really knows how these mistakes were made.
Congress needs to get to the bottom of the problem and figure out how it happened and how to prevent it from happening ever again.
Partisanship is taking over everything, and somehow it needs to be stripped out of our institutions if we want to have any hope of saving the republic.
If we don’t have a fair system, we don’t really have a system anymore. And Republicans have ample reason to suspect national elections for the next decade.