State Representative Bob Kressig getting sworn into office on the first day of the 2019 Legislative Session on Monday, January 14, 2019, at the State Capitol in Des Moines. Photo is used with permission.

An accurate count of the population serves as the basis for fair political representation, district planning, and government funding.

Representation:

Congressional representation is determined by population, not citizenship. Census population counts are used to assign how the 435 seats in the U.S House of Representatives are split across the 50 states. If residents fill out their census forms, then Congressional districts will be justified; likewise, Congressional districts can be eliminated if residents don’t complete their Census forms.  We want our state’s fair share of the national total.

District Planning:

Census population counts are used by state and local officials to redraw congressional, state, and local district boundaries. These districts should contain roughly equal numbers of people to ensure that each person’s voting power is closely equivalent.

Funding:

Census totals help determine the amount of federal funding Black Hawk County receives for the next decade.

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