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Officials are preparing for the 2020 census, a consequential tally of U.S. residents that will determine the number of representatives Texas has in Congress, inform the boundaries of legislative districts and guide the distribution of billions in federal funding.

Our media partners at The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit news organization based in Austin, dug into this question in late March. Among other things, the Tribune found that demographers and local officials are concerned that it may be more difficult to arrive at an accurate count than it has been in years past.

Practical issues the census will have to overcome include locating people displaced by Hurricane Harvey or those who do not have regular access to the internet as well as having less funding to locate people in person. In addition, the Tribune reported census workers may have to dispel fears about a possible citizenship question that could be added to the 2020 census, a move that could dissuade immigrants—including those authorized to live here—from participating.

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Miranda Wilcox
Miranda has been in the North Texas area since she graduated from Oklahoma Christian University in 2014. She reported and did design for a daily newspaper in Grayson County before she transitioned to a managing editor role for three weekly newspapers in Collin County. Now she's in Tarrant County, mostly, and has been an Impacter since 2017 as the editor of the Grapevine/Colleyville/Southlake edition.
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