WESTERLY β€” The League of Women Voters-South County will host a program, "How Does the Census Count You?" on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 6 p.m. at the Westerly Library, 44 Broad St.

Debborah Smith, partner specialist with the U.S. Census Bureau, will focus on the 2020 decennial census and give an overview of the many surveys the bureau conducts to gather information on employment and economic data. The program will also explore who writes and vets the questions, and where the data goes.

Nina Rossomando, league president, said, β€œThe accuracy of the decennial census numbers is crucial for the country and especially Rhode Island,” since the numbers will determine whether Rhode Island loses one of its two representatives to Congress. The census numbers also determine the amount of federal funds coming to the state for Medicaid and various other programs.

There has been considerable controversy over the 2020 Census. Seventeen states and six cities, including Rhode Island and its largest city, Providence, sued the federal government in March to block a question about citizenship. A federal court trial in New York City ended Nov. 27, and a ruling is expected in the next few weeks.

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