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How School Districts Can Help With Census 2020

By David McClendon / August 13, 2019 / Comments Off on How School Districts Can Help With Census 2020

Census 2020 is critically important for determining how much money state and local governments receive from the federal government. That is a major reason why states and cities around the country have been worried about the citizenship question and the lack of census funding, which threaten an accurate count. For every person missed, states end…

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How to Fight Human Trafficking with Data

By David McClendon / April 25, 2019 / Comments Off on How to Fight Human Trafficking with Data

We recently did a webinar with Jamey Caruthers, senior staff attorney at Children At Risk, about how to use data to fight human trafficking. Human trafficking is a huge problem in Texas, especially in Houston, and Children At Risk is leading the charge in helping to write and pass laws that increase penalties for perpetrators while…

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Making Texas Hard to Count: Citizenship & Census 2020

By David McClendon / February 21, 2019 / Comments Off on Making Texas Hard to Count: Citizenship & Census 2020

If you’ve been keeping up with the Census, you’ve probably heard about communities that are “hard to count” or “hardest to count.” It’s true that the Census has a hard time getting responses from certain populations, and there are some households the Census never tracks down at all. But is it really fair to label…

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Why Houston Will Be Hard to Count in Census 2020

By David McClendon / November 30, 2018 / Comments Off on Why Houston Will Be Hard to Count in Census 2020

Counting people is vital to our democracy. Every ten years, the US government has a constitutional obligation to conduct a census that counts everyone living in the United States. This count determines how many Congressional representatives each state receives, the levels of Federal funding for state and local governments and federal programs, and serves as…

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Did Late Openings at Nine Polling Locations in Harris County Affect Voter Turnout?

By David McClendon / November 13, 2018 / Comments Off on Did Late Openings at Nine Polling Locations in Harris County Affect Voter Turnout?

The “blue wave” of the 2018 midterm elections crashed into Harris County last Tuesday with unprecedented voter turnout for a non-presidential election year. Countywide, voter turnout was up from 34% in 2014 to 52%, according to unofficial counts. That’s more than 520,000 additional ballots than in 2014. Yet, despite high turnout, nine polling locations failed…

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