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Horsford Counts On Education, Oversight To Ensure Fair Census

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Protesters demand a complete count in next year's census.

The Congressional Black Caucus recently named Nevada Rep. Steven Horsford to head its Census 2020 task force.

The Democratic lawmaker told State of Nevada that he sees education and oversight as key components of the task force’s role leading up to the April census.

“Our job is to make sure our constituents are informed and understand their voice in the process,” Horsford said. “We also will be working to hold the current administration accountable to make sure that they conduct a fair, complete and accurate count.”

Horsford’s district includes a portion of urban Clark County and communities as far north as Hawthorne and Ely. He said each region poses unique challenges — from language barriers in the Las Vegas area to lack of Internet access in rural Nevada, with the 2020 census being the first to be collected online.

“I have parts of my rural district that aren’t connected to the Internet because there’s lack of broadband capability,” Horsford said.

Census results determine congressional representation, direct billions in federal spending, and are used in determining state legislative districts.

Rep. Steven Horsford, D-Nev.; Emily Zamora, executive director, Silver State Voices

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