December 22, 2000

A study released by the U.S. Census Monitoring Board finds that when comparing corrected to uncorrected 1990 Census data, minority voter opportunities could have been expanded in nine of the ten most heavily undercounted states. In those nine states, at least 44 state legislative districts and one U.S. Congressional district would have significantly increased minority voter representation.

Regarding the study, Co-Chair of the Census Monitoring Board, Gilbert F. Casellas said "the implications of these findings speak directly to the future voting opportunities for minorities across the nation. Without the most accurate picture of the nation, equal representation is much harder to achieve."

The study's author, Dr. Lichtman stated "this report clearly indicates that if the undercount in 2000 is near what the undercount was in 1990, minorities stand to lose representation in at least: 9 legislative districts in New York; 8 districts in California; 8 districts in Maryland; 7 districts in Illinois; 6 districts in Texas; 2 districts in Florida; 2 districts in North Carolina; 1 district in Georgia; and, 1 district in Louisana."

History shows that people of color are missed in the census at a disproportionate rate.

The study was conducted by American University Professor Allan J. Lichtman, who is recognized as one of the nation's preeminent voting analysis experts.

For a copy of the study CLICK below( Adobe Acrobat required):

http://www.cmbp.gov/downloads/Lichtman.pdf

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