WASHINGTON, DC – New research reveals that in 2020, the US Census Bureau overestimated populations in Democratic states and underestimated in Republican states, leading to wins for the Democratic Party in congressional redistribution and an undeserved boost to the Electoral College for the 2024 presidential election.
With the 2022 election about 50 days away and the Supreme Court poised to take on major election cases, conservatives are crying foul and demanding answers.
The census clause of the Constitution requires a census to count the population of the United States every 10 years. These totals determine the number of congressional seats in each state, the lines of each federal and state legislative district in each of those states, and the number of votes each state has in the Electoral College to elect the president every four year.
An official investigation shows that census officials underestimated the number of people in Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas. The same survey shows that workers overestimated the number of people in Delaware, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island and Utah.
Every underrated state is a reliable Republican state in presidential elections, including Florida, which is the home state of Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis. By contrast, all but two overrated states — Ohio and Utah — reliably voted for Democrats in recent elections.
As a result, Florida will miss out on the two U.S. House seats it should have won and Texas is robbed of one House seat, numbers that also impact the number of votes that these two states have in the Electoral College.
“If a Florida politician decides to run for president in 2024, his (or her) home state will be two votes short of the Electoral College,” wrote Hans von Spakovsky of the Heritage Foundation and American Constitutional Rights. Union,” and when the new session of the United States House of Representatives convenes in January 2023, Florida will be short of two congressional seats to which it is entitled.
Von Spakovsky also noted that the 5.05% overcount in Rhode Island allowed that state to retain a seat in Congress to which the Constitution does not entitle it, and the same can be said for Minnesota, which was overcounted. of 3.84%.
Unlike those 2020 failures, the 2010 census had an error rate of just 0.01%. No one has explained these failure rate explosions for 2020, or why they benefit the Democratic Party.
At the same time, major electoral battles are brewing in the courts, including two upcoming cases before the Supreme Court.
In the first week of the Supreme Court’s new annual term, the justices will hear Merrill vs. Madigan on October 4, to find out whether Alabama’s new district lines violate the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965.
A few months later in Moore v. Harperthe Supreme Court will consider the meaning of the Elections Clause of the Constitution, which states that in each state the “manner of holding elections for Senators and Representatives… [is to be] prescribed … by the legislature thereof. The protesters say each state’s legislature is the highest authority on these matters, while the other side argues that all of this means lawmakers pass laws, but those laws are then subject to litigation in the courts, and that therefore the supreme court of each state has the final say in such electoral matters.
“It’s curious how mistakes made by career federal bureaucrats help the left win elections, regardless of which political party controls the White House,” said Ambassador Ken Blackwell, former Census Monitoring co-chair. Board and currently Chairman of the Center for Election Integrity at the America First Policy Institute (AFPI). “Just as this country needs new laws at the state level that make it easier to vote but hard to cheat, new statutory safeguards need to be implemented at the federal level to regain public confidence in how the census is taken. .”
Breitbart News senior legal contributor Ken Klukowski is an attorney who has worked in the White House and the Justice Department.