Accuracy at core of Supreme Court case over census question

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vast changes in America and technology have dramatically altered how the census is conducted. But the accuracy of the once-a-decade population count is at the heart of a Supreme Court case over the Trump administration’s effort to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

The justices are hearing arguments in the case on Tuesday.

The citizenship question hasn’t been asked on the census form sent to every American household since 1950.

Judges have blocked the administration after crediting the analysis of Census Bureau experts who found that a question would damage the overall accuracy of the census and cause millions of Hispanics and immigrants to go uncounted.

The administration says asking about citizenship won’t harm accuracy and that the information is needed to help enforce the Voting Rights Act.

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