Monday, April 5, 2010

Census Double Counting Democrat Strongholds?

Something unusual happened the other day. A friend of mine who happens to be a libertarian minded individual living in a relatively safe Democratic stronghold in the city of Tacoma, posted to Facebook that, oddly, after filling out her Census form and sending it in, she received another identical form with instructions to fill it out and submit. It took about 1.5 milliseconds for my brain to put two and two together and come to the conclusion that the Census must be attempting to double count in Democratic stronghold districts in order to gain additional representation.

A google search for news regarding reports of duplicate forms indicates that, indeed, dense urban areas (traditional liberal havens) are being sent two identical forms, and we, the people, are being reassured that the software and data entry is intelligent enough to NOT double count the entries for a single household.

I have to wonder about this coincidence of 'double counting' in the dense areas... I have to wonder about the software that is counting the data - is it smart enough to discard multiple submissions from the same address?

In an attempt to avoid coming across as alarmist, I do have to raise the question on this most important issue - the very make-up of representation is based directly off the results of these forms... and if, for some reason, the forms ARE double counted (even though you are advised, not instructed, to discard the form if you have already mailed the original in), is the Democratic Majority attempting to stack the decks in favor of redistricting and reapportionment based on these erroneous results.

Any thoughts?

1 comment:

  1. How better to ensure a continuing majority of representatives than by double-counting?