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Michigan officials worry they won’t get an accurate Census count

FILE - This March 23, 2018, file photo shows an envelope containing a 2018 census letter mailed to a U.S. resident as part of the nation's only test run of the 2020 Census. A trial will begin in federal court on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, in San Francisco, over the Trump administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. Census. (AP Photo/Michelle R. Smith, File)

Officials in Michigan are concerned that they won’t get an accurate census count in the state.

The 2020 Census has been impacted by a wide variety of factors stacked against it, including the coronavirus pandemic, a lack of public events, less time to complete it, and even an executive order excluding undocumented residents.

This year, according to Bridge MI, the Michigan Public Policy Survey reached almost 1,350 leaders of counties, municipalities and townships in the state.

Areas with larger minority populations and rural jurisdictions have less confidence in the Census, which also impacts the count.


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