Fictive Counting

Article subtitle: 
Serious irregularities in the 2020 Census process must be addressed now
Article author: 
Adam Korzeniewski
Article publisher: 
American Mind
Article date: 
May 16, 2021
Article category: 
National News
Medium
Article Body: 
On April 26, 2021, the U.S. Census Bureau announced the results of the 2020 Decennial Census. The Census, which is Constitutionally mandated, determines “Apportionment,” or the number of representatives each state will have until the next Census in 2030. 
 
The states of California, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia each lost a seat. Texas picked up two seats, and Colorado, Florida, Montana, North Carolina, and Oregon each gained one seat. Many expected a different result....
 
In the end, the Census added 2.5 million persons to blue states above the December population estimate...
 
Contrary to its image in the mainstream media, the Census does not behave like a studiously nonpartisan agency. Many of those in leadership made their negative opinions of former president Trump clear. Historically, Census Apportionment numbers appear to favor liberal, blue states over conservative, red states in the final rounds of representative allocations. This likely stems from the use of “hot-deck imputation,” a controversial method where the Census will use a nearest, most similar neighbor to impute the characteristic, population, etc., of a household who does not fill out the Census or respond to enumeration attempts. A more radical method called “count imputation” creates a whole person at an unresponsive household....
 
While imputing missing demographic characteristics makes sense, adding entire people does not. In 2000, the Census Bureau imputed 1,172,144 people and in 2010, 1,163,462....
 
Democrats seek to muddy the enumerative waters by counting illegal aliens and imputing populations that don’t exist, but the Census must be protected from partisan corruption. The assault on the Census cannot stand and the states must take legal action to secure their appropriate representation.