After the 2000 census, 1,200 challenges were filed by cities, towns and counties. This time around, the United States Conference of Mayors is expecting an even larger number, The Washington Times reports.
According to the news source, almost $450 billion in Federal aid is distributed to the States, based on population, for Medicaid and other programs each year. A drop in population could mean major drops in Federal handouts.
“Along with Federal funds, there’s a psychological impact when a city loses population, because people and businesses want to be in a vibrant region where things are growing and happening,” Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory told The Washington Times.
Under the Census Bureau’s appeals process, cities have two years to contest their reported counts, the media outlet stated.
In 2009, according to CBS News, GOP Presidential candidate Representative Michelle Bachmann (R-Minn.) was openly critical of the census, stating that her family would indicate only the number of people in the household, because that is all that is required by the Constitution.
Bachmann was also concerned with the Census Bureau’s involvement with the organization ACORN, which has been repeatedly indicted for voter fraud, stating that its role in the process is “very concerning,” CBS News reported.