WASHINGTON, July 18, 2019 — Official 2020 Census Day is April 1, when questionnaires, which are sent to every U.S. household, are due to be returned. But amid recent debate about adding a citizenship question to the census, there have been calls on twitter to boycott next year’s decennial census.
As a new ABA Legal Fact Check shows, individuals who avoid even a single question on the census could face potential criminal consequences, including a fine of up to $5,000, although there has not been a prosecution in nearly 50 years and only a handful of prosecutions in the history of the census.
The ABA Legal Fact Check posted today explores the law behind enforcement of the census and details two notable prosecutions some decades ago.
ABA Legal Fact Check seeks to help the media and public find dependable answers and explanations to sometimes confusing legal questions and issues.
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