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Is is possible to be prosecuted for lying about race on the US Census?

Short Answer You can be prosecuted for lying about race on the census, but it takes some pretty specific and narrow conditions and isn't a concern for the vast majority of people. Long Answer There ...
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How can the date for the 2020 US census legally be changed?

The date of the census is not specified in the US constitution. It only says The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, ...
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National Referendums

united-states What is the process for an ordinary citizen to get a national referendum on the ballot? It can't be done. There are no national referendums in the United States and there is no means ...
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Whats the point of a federal law that does not get enforced?

However, in the last 233 years, only a handful of people have been prosecuted for violating this law. The census bureau has noticed that a more effective way to get everyone counted is to follow up ...
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What are the legal repercussions of ignoring US Census 2020?

In reality, nothing will probably happen. There is no record of anybody being prosecuted for ignoring the census since 1970 (as of 2014, the article hasn't been updated since then). 13 U.S. Code § ...
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Is is possible to be prosecuted for lying about race on the US Census?

An additional bar to prosecution for "lying" about race is that you cannot be prosecuted for anything you say on the census. 13 USC 9 mandates that all individual reports must be kept confidential, ...
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Have US Congressional reapportionment formulas ever been codified?

Under 2 U.S. Code § 2a, (a) On the first day, or within one week thereafter, of the first regular session of the Eighty-second Congress and of each fifth Congress thereafter, the President shall ...
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Have US Congressional reapportionment formulas ever been codified?

Here is a little bit on different methods, and Wikipedia says that this is the Huntington-Hill method being the currently employed one. Here is the statute, 2 USC 2a, which requires using "the ...
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Does The US Census Count Mobile Homes In The Population?

The Census Clause (Art. 1 Section 2) requires "counting the whole number of persons in each State", so they don't count houses, they count people. There is a perennial question about their methods of ...
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Does the new citizenship question for the 2020 census violate 13-USC-9?

You're reading section 9(a) to say far more than it actually says. What section 9(a) is meant to do is keep individual Census responses confidential. Let's go over the full subsection: (a) Neither ...
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Does the new citizenship question for the 2020 census violate 13-USC-9?

13 USC 9 only allows "sworn officers and employees of the Department or bureau or agency thereof to examine the individual reports", so a report from John Doe could not be extracted and scrutinized – ...
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Final authority on re-districting map

Resources You are asking about the issue in Moore v. Harper, which has a SCOTUSblog entry here. SCOTUSblog is a good resource for learning about the arguments in cases before the Supreme Court. There, ...
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