H.R.3645: Correct the Census Count Act

Overview

The Correct the Census Count Act would ensure that incarcerated individuals are counted at their last available address, rather than the facility in which they are incarcerated.

Talking Points

  • A fair and accurate census count ensures the proper distribution of federal funds and determines how residents are represented in federal, state, and local legislative bodies by apportioning congressional seats, Electoral College votes, and drawing state and local legislative districts
  • An inaccurate census leads to disproportionate constituent representation at all levels of government
  • Counting incarcerated individuals at the place where they are incarcerated inflates the population in these districts, giving them inaccurate representation and inflated federal funds for programs
  • Conversely, the places where incarcerated individuals actually reside lose representation and funding for essential services
  • In order to ensure fair and accurate representation and funding, the National Assembly supports counting incarcerated individuals at their last known place of residence.

Our Stance

Support

Priority

High

Bill Number

H.R.3645

Date Introduced

July 09, 2019

Committee

House Oversight and Reform Committee

Bill Status

Introduced or Prefiled

Sponsor