MONTPELIER, Vt. – Vermont’s Secretary of State says he doesn’t support adding a citizenship question on the 2020 census.
Jim Condos says it would significantly reduce the participation in the census, and that it could have significant impacts in Vermont.
He adds the law governing the census only requires an accurate count of “persons,” not citizens, and since no personal information collected can be shared, there’s no way to utilize the data.
“The only possible explanation for inclusion of a citizenship question is to skew the data for political gain. When important decisions are being made about how our democracy functions based on census data, we need accurate and reliable population counts,” said Condos.