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Not All Mayors In Region Support Census Lawsuit

U.S. Conference of Mayors

A new question on the 2020 census about citizenship is heading to court.  The U.S. Conference of Mayors is filing a suit contesting its inclusion. But not everyone in the region is on board.  

Marian Orr is Cheyenne's mayor and a member of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

"I think that it's a fair question to ask," said Orr, "I believe it belongs on the 2020 decennial census."

She said she was surprised the bipartisan association took a stance on what she sees as a partisan issue.

Respondents must say whether or not they are a U.S. citizen. Mayor Orr said the intent behind the question is to get a better count of voting-age citizens.

Over 150 mayors disagree, including those in Denver and Salt Lake City, calling the move unconstitutional. They also said in a letter to Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, it will lead to inaccurate data, and quote, "fewer dollars for many of our most vulnerable communities." The lawsuit also involves 17 states and 7 cities.

This story was produced by the Mountain West News Bureau, a collaboration between Wyoming Public Media, Boise State Public Radio in Idaho, Yellowstone Public Radio in Montana, KUER in Salt Lake City and KRCC and KUNC in Colorado.

Copyright 2021 Wyoming Public Radio. To see more, visit Wyoming Public Radio.

Maggie Mullen
Maggie Mullen is a fifth generation Wyomingite, born and raised in Casper. She is currently a Masters candidate in American Studies and will defend her thesis on female body hair in contemporary American culture this May. Before graduate school, she earned her BA in English and French from the University of Wyoming. Maggie enjoys writing, cooking, her bicycle, swimming in rivers and lakes, and most any dog.

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