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United States Department of Commerce v. United States House of Representatives

The Center filed an amicus brief defending the Census Bureau’s use of statistical sampling to remedy the undercounting of minorities.

Published: January 25, 1999

United States Depart­ment of Commerce v. United States House of Repres­ent­at­ives

In 1998, the House of Repres­ent­at­ives filed suits chal­len­ging the Census Bureau’s decision to use stat­ist­ical sampling to remedy the under­count­ing of minor­it­ies for the 2000 census. Plaintiffs claimed that the use of sampling viol­ated the Census Clause of the Consti­tu­tion as well as the Census Act of 1976. The Center filed an amicus brief in defense of the Census Bureau. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, hold­ing that the Census Act prohib­ited the proposed uses of stat­ist­ical sampling in calcu­lat­ing the popu­la­tion for purposes of appor­tion­ment, and declin­ing to reach the consti­tu­tional ques­tion presen­ted.”