The U.S. Census happens once every ten years. However, the impact of the results can last much longer and any fiddling with results could have far-reaching implications.
House Republicans have charged Joe Biden and his White House with potentially interfering with the results of the 2020 census due to conspicuous a disparity between earlier population estimates and official census data released, according to the Washington Times.
The disparity came from blue states like Illinois, New York, and New Jersey which suddenly bumped up their counts in the official results. Conversely, red states like Texas, Florida, and Arizona experienced significant drops from the population estimates furnished in December.
More than a dozen GOP representatives signed a letter to Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, who oversees the Census Bureau, to question the disparity between earlier estimates and official results, Fox News reported. The outlet was the first to receive the document initiated by ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, Rep. James Comer (R-KY).
In the letter, the signors asserted they “have questions about the methodology and the role the Biden White House may have played in releasing these numbers.” They took issue with the way the changes in the numbers seemed to cut in favor of the Democratic party with Texas gaining only two of the three seats it was expected to while New York only lost one of the two it was projected to based on previous estimates.
“The apportionment population results released by the Census Bureau are strikingly different from the population evaluation estimates released just months ago on December 22, 2020,” the letter stated. “Remarkably, the differences benefit traditionally blue states – which gained population compared to the estimates – over red states which tended to lose population compared to the estimates.”
The GOP representatives asserted the “trend calls into question whether there was any political interference with the apportionment results released by the Census Bureau.” To ascertain whether this was true, the letter also requested documents and other information that may account for the disparity. Previously, they were referred to the White House for answers leading to concerns of the Biden administration’s interference.
Census data impacts redistricting and the number of seats a state gets in the House of Representatives. Although estimates are by definition subject to change with the reporting of actual data, it is noteworthy that this change happened during President Joe Biden’s administration to key states.