Undercount reveals inequality


Why are census response rates lower in Central and Eastern Washington? Last week, Republican legislators Honeyford, Warnick, and Short were quoted in the Omak Chronicle, sounding an alarm about the undercount—esp…Thank you for visiting Spokesman.com. To continue reading this story and enjoying our local journalism please subscribe or log in…

Washington tribes working for strong turnout in 2020 US Census


Tribal communities in Washington are stepping up efforts to make sure they’re accurately counted in the 2020 U.S. Census. Tribes are historically the most undercounted group. The reasons range from a legacy of mistrust in government to the technicalities of how data was collected in the past, before self-reporting was an option; officials tallying based on visual evaluations often overlooked Native Americans.

EDITORIAL: An effort to dismiss the undercounted


This week, the U.S. Census Bureau announced it would end its efforts to count the number of people living in the country on Sept. 30, a month earlier than anticipated.

The Washington Census Alliance, a coalition of more than 90 Black and Brown-led community organizations across Washington state, condemned the decision—saying the rushed timeline will exacerbate the undercount of people of color, immigrants, and rural communities that have not yet completed the census online, by phone, or by mail.

Washington Dreamers and officials react to DACA ruling


From state and local officials, to DACA recipients and their families, many are celebrating what’s considered a win for the immigrant community after the Supreme Court ruled against the Trump administration Thursday. The administration has sought to end the program.