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Ever since 1790 when Thomas Jefferson oversaw the USs first Census it was clear that determining the exact population would be impossible It is a tradition and a duty of the US Government to hold a decennial census This year the 2000 Census is underway right now and the numbers wont be turned in until sometime next year This years Census is going too be as tedious as ever The Census is used for congressional apportionment and to determine where the millions and millions of dollars in federal funds should go The main problem with the current method of conducting the Census is that it undercounts millions of American people especially minorities The debate on the Census today is over whether or not the Census Bureau should use computer estimation sampling to determine an Actual Enumeration The US Congress needs to pass legislation giving the Census Bureau the authority to use the most accurate procedure to determine an Actual Enumeration In Article I section 2 clause 3 The Constitution asks for an Actual Enumeration of the American population every ten years The Census is important for more than just the government It is also a huge help for private citizens and non-governmental institutions that need demographic information More importantly the Census determines the allocation of federal funds The 180 billion dollars in federal tax money the states receive is determined by the Census Wright 1 The Census is also responsible for determining how many of the 435 seats in the House of Representatives each state gets It is very important for the United States that the census is as accurate as humanly or statistically possible The argument that using sampling to conduct the Census would lead to political manipulation is not reasonable It is about as big a threat as the computerized tally of presidential election being politically manipulated The Census Bureau would be doing these computer estimations and they have so
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