League of Women Voters joins call for Florida census effort

The league wants Gov. Ron DeSantis to set up statewide census effort

The League of Women Voters of Florida has joined a growing call for Florida to form a complete census count effort to assure that the Sunshine State’s residents are duly counted and federal funds flow accordingly.

The league wrote to Gov. Ron DeSantis urging him to name a “complete count committee” to oversee Florida’s 2020 population count under the U.S. Census Bureau, and to set money aside to assist the effort.

The league noted that California is spending $100 million and the city of New York, $40,000, as examples of how much is at stake and how much other places are willing to commit to get the fullest count possible.

Democratic state Sen. Bobby Powell of West Palm Beach has filed Senate Bill 614, do so.

The league’s  call joins those of Florida Tax Watch and numerous cities and counties around the state.

The bigger concerns many raise for Florida involve suspicions, based on previous census, that minority residents and undocumented residents will be undercounted in Florida, putting the state a disadvantage compared with other states where they are more fully counted.

To date, DeSantis has deferred from initiating a state effort, and cited local efforts as more appropriate.

The league, disagrees, it stated in its letter to DeSantis, which went out on Friday.

“These vital statistics, set for the next 10 years, provide the basis for drawing Congressional, legislative and instate voting districts,” league President Patti Brigham stated in her letter.

“The importance of the count cannot be underestimated. Federal dollars are distributed to states based on these numbers.

Private businesses depend on accurate census figures to determine locations, employee and customer needs. County and municipalities depend on accurate counts to assist in planning, building, and sustainability.

“Undercounting results in underfunding for social needs, roads and highways, safety, education, etc.,” she added.

Brigham also noted that this year for the first time Floridians will be asked to use digital and phone responses to census questions. “Therefore, the need for public education, assistance, computer access, etc. should not be underestimate. State funding would assist counties and cities in designing methods to ensure that rural and minority populations are included,” Brigham states in the letter.

Scott Powers

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at [email protected].

One comment

  • John Kociuba

    October 28, 2019 at 9:14 am

    Dear Citizens ~

    Re: Communist Organization Of League Of Women Boters

    Do your history Americans! This Communist organization is as dirty as them come! They fought to keep voter I.D. from becoming law! They fought to keep illegal aliens off census thereby giving Communist Menshevik Democrats more seats in Congress!

    Indeed. What’s Interesting is the only true legal question being asked on the census is “ARE YOU A U.S. CITIZEN!”

    Furthermore “Mom”s Demand Action” are a other hard leftist Communist group funded by Michael Bloomberg to END OUR 2ND AMENDMENT RIGHTS (TREASON).

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