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July 30, 2018


CA Secretary of State Alex Padilla, Civil Rights Leaders to Hold Press Conference on Census Citizenship Question

SACRAMENTO – California Secretary of State Alex Padilla and civil rights leaders will urge Californians to submit public comments in opposition to the proposed citizenship question on the 2020 Census questionnaire.

Secretary Padilla will also unveil a new Census portal on the Secretary of State's website to help interested Californians submit their opposition officially through the Federal Register. The U.S. Census Bureau public comment period ends Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 11:59p.m. EST. 

BACKGROUND: On March 26, 2018, the Secretary of Commerce agreed to an alleged Department of Justice request, and announced the last minute addition of an untested and unnecessary citizenship question to the 2020 Census. On March 29, the Census Bureau formally submitted the questionnaire to Congress with the citizenship question added. California immediately sued to challenge the addition of the question.

Recently, however, documents made public through a public records request suggest that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross pushed the addition of the citizenship question, contradicting the Trump Administration’s previous claims. 

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California Secretary of State Alex Padilla
Efrain Escobedo, California Complete Count Census Committee
Jesus Martinez, California Complete Count Census Committee
Aarti Kohli, Asian Americans Advancing Justice
Yannina Casillas, Council on American-Islamic Relations


Press conference urging Californians to submit public comment opposing the citizenship question on the 2020 Census questionnaire.


California Secretary of State’s Office
Executive Office - 6th Floor
1500 11th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814


Tuesday, July 31, 2018
10:00 AM

Sam Mahood or Jesse Melgar, 916-653-6575


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