Bud Nason has been writing some very informative columns lately about aspects of the Constitution and I’m going to join with him for a moment. We all read a lot about the Constitution, but people seldom pay attention to the fact that the only specific government program mentioned in the Constitution is the decennial census. Yes, the census is so important to the health of our democracy that the Founders put it in the Constitution.

The 2020 Census will be happening in just a few months and it is vital to make sure everyone in Adams County gets counted. Census results directly affect two things: political power and money. The number of seats we get in Congress, the number of electoral votes in presidential elections, and our representation in Harrisburg are all based on the census population count. This isn’t a “red” or “blue” issue: whoever represents us, we want Adams County to speak with as loud a voice as possible.

Leon Reed is chair of DFA’s government accountability task force and is coordinating the Adams County 2020 Census Complete Count Committee.

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