BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — In less than a year, Americans will be filling out the 2020 census.
If Alabama’s population rates remain on-trend, it could be losing a seat in the House of Representatives. Current population estimates expect Alabama to go from seven congressional districts to six.
States like Florida and Texas are expecting to gain seats with their populations growing at faster rates than Alabama. With the census on the horizon, state politicians are urging residents to complete the survey because the state’s funding depends on it.
“Participating in this process will dictate a lot of what happens going forward in our city and state around our congressional representation that represents and fights for us,” said Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin. “Advocates on our behalf, and leverages financial resources from the federal government to bring back to Birmingham.”
The Commerce Department announced it would be adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census. After backlash and a lost fight by President Trump, it was announced the question would be kept off the census. Some say including a citizenship question could have helped Alabama.
“Quite frankly, the last decision by the Supreme Court says you have to not put the question on the census as to whether you’re a citizen or not, really hurts Alabama,” said Steve Flowers, the political analysists for CBS 42 News. “It allows states like California and other with illegal aliens to count those aliens in the census, which pretty much guarantees us losing a congressional seat. From seven to six.”
Some Alabama politicians are still fighting to exclude undocumented immigrants from the population count. U.S. Representative Mo Brooks and Attorney General Steve Marshall are challenging the 14th amendment in federal court. A status hearing is set for August 23rd.