Civics: Overcounting


It turns out that Rhode Island held onto its second congressional seat because we failed to do the count correctly during the 2020 census. In other words, we over-counted by a whopping 5 percent, or 55,000 people, and do not actually have the population required to qualify for representation by two members of Congress. We are only entitled to one.

This is a huge mistake, but so far, those most involved with the 2020 census have chosen to make excuses and point fingers instead of acknowledge that something clearly went very wrong in the process.

They blame COVID. They blame Republicans. They blame the Trump administration.