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Officials worry citizenship debate will lower census turnout

July 2, 2019

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut officials say they’re pleased there will be no citizenship question on the 2020 census but remain worried people will be too fearful to participate.

Democratic Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz (BY’-suh-wits), who co-chairs the Connecticut Complete Count Committee, said Tuesday there’s “still damage that’s been done.” She said her group needs to revisit two dozen communities that are considered the most difficult to count and assure people it’s OK to complete the census.

Democratic Secretary of the State Denise Merrill says Connecticut will continue to lay the groundwork to ensure everyone in the state is counted, noting that federal funds are at stake.

The U.S. Supreme Court halted the addition of a citizenship question in 2020. The Trump administration said it wanted to add the question to aid in enforcement of the Voting Rights Act.

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