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Stacey Abrams Wants to Fix the Census in Georgia

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Stacey Abrams addresses supporters at an election watch party on November 6th, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. 

With exactly one year left to prepare for the 2020 Census, Georgia is bringing some star power to the state’s push for an accurate count.

The first week of April marked the one-year countdown to the start of the census, and that’s when most municipalities tend to roll out their complete count committees. Recently, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced the ATL Counts Census 2020 campaign with a boost from Representative John Lewis, the civil rights leader and dean of Georgia politics, who will co-chair the effort.

Another star in Georgia politics also declared the census to be a top priority: Stacey Abrams, the former Georgia House minority leader and 2018 gubernatorial candidate. At the end of March, Abrams launched a new non-profit, Fair Count, whose mission is to bolster underrepresented areas and communities before the next census. She may be the highest-ranking figure currently trending on presidential speculation markets to take action on the census.

No census in recent memory has proven to be the battleground that is already taking shape around the 2020 count. On Friday, a federal judge in Maryland repudiated the Trump administration’s effort to add a citizenship question to the census, the third federal court to do so. The United States Supreme Court is likely to consider this decision in the census case it will hear later this month. Even absent the legal drama, everything depends on the 2020 Census, since its data will be used to apportion representation in Congress and divvy up some $900 billion in funds.

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