SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Have you opened your 2020 census questionnaire yet? It has already caused controversy with debate over questions about citizenship and sexuality.
Many local counties around the greater-Sacramento area are considered “hard to reach” by the Secretary of State, which could significantly impact local schools, homelessness, and your vote in the next election.READ MORE: Northstate University Graduates Excited For First In-Person Ceremony At Golden 1 Center Since Pandemic Began
Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Yolo, El Dorado, and Yuba Counties are expected to go underreported due to large numbers of minorities, non-citizens, renters, and other groups who don’t generally respond. As a result, we’ve learned schools are at risk of losing some of the nearly $180 million in federal funding they rely on for things such as books, supplies, and food for low-income students.
Affordable housing could also be affected, along with funding for services from mental health to homelessness.READ MORE: 2 People Shot In Overnight Shooting In Citrus Heights
With the 2020 election on the horizon, this census will also be crucial for re-districting. For example, in Sacramento County, nearly 20% of Assemblyman McCarty’s district is expected to go uncounted along with more than 15% of voters in San Joaquin County’s largest assembly district and nearly 30% of Stanislaus voters in Senate District 12.
El Dorado County may also be impacted by redistricting due to underreported census numbers.MORE NEWS: Woman Killed In North Sacramento Hit-And-Run
These are just some significant potential consequences, but this is the first census where people can respond online, so there is hope they may get responses.