Officials say there’s fear about census, despite ruling
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Some Connecticut officials are praising a Supreme Court decision to prevent the Trump administration from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census.
But they say they’re worried many people may still be too fearful to participate.
Democratic Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz (BY’-suh-wits) said Thursday that efforts to encourage participation in the census, especially within immigrant communities, need to be redoubled. She accused the Republican president’s administration of creating a “climate of fear” by pushing for a question about citizenship.
Trump’s administration has said the question was being added to help enforce the Voting Rights Act, which protects minority voters’ access to the ballot box.
Bysiewicz and Democratic Attorney General William Tong co-chair the Connecticut Complete Count Committee. Tong warned the “fight isn’t over” despite Thursday’s ruling.