Census Bureau: 600,000+ expected not to complete survey

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(WFLA/CNN Newsource) – Well over half a million households may not participate in the 2020 census because of a potential question about citizenship.

The Census Bureau recently told the White House that including a question about citizen ship might keep some 630,000 households from completing and returning the form.

That estimate includes both those who return the survey but leave the citizenship question unanswered and also those who do not reply at all.

In both cases, Census Bureau employees follow up with mailings and in-person visits.

The problem is, that’s the most expensive part of the population count.

The Bureau is worried that the situation could make the data collected less reliable and increase the cost of the 2020 census by at least $27.5 million.

The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in a challenge to the question in the spring.

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