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S. 3481: Correct the Census Count Act

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The Census is due by April 1.

Context

Under current law, prisoners are counted for the Census as residing wherever their jail is, rather than where they’re originally from — even if their jail is out of state. This politically benefits any districts or communities which just happen to have a prison.

It particularly benefits the voting-eligible residents of such communities, because the prisoners themselves increase the official population yet can’t vote themselves. For example, there’s a city council ward in Iowa where the official “population” is 96% prisoners. This in turn gives the remaining 4% of the population who can actually vote huge voting power per-person.

Though not always, this frequently benefits the often-white residents of towns with prisons, while frequently harming African-American and Hispanic demographics which ...

Sponsor and status

Jeff Merkley

Sponsor. Junior Senator for Oregon. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Mar 12, 2020
Length: 2 pages
Introduced
Mar 12, 2020
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Status

Introduced on Mar 12, 2020

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on March 12, 2020. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

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3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)
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History

Mar 12, 2020
 
Introduced

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S. 3481 is a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 3481. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

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