March 30, 2010

FROM HANS BADER, A WARNING: Republicans will lose many seats in Congress due to right-wing paranoia about the census. “The number of Congressional districts a state gets is based on how many of its citizens return completed census forms. Because voters in conservative states are completing and returning census forms at lower rates than voters in liberal states, conservative states will lose many seats in the House of Representatives that they would otherwise gain due to increases in their population.”

UPDATE: Just use sampling.

ANOTHER UPDATE: A reader emails: “This works both ways. Don’t discount conservatives in blue districts and states like mine also neglecting to return their census forms. Not that this conservative would do something so devious!” That’s just wrong.

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