United States House of Representatives v. Dept of Commerce
- Case Date: 11/3/1998
- Project Name: Protecting America's Freedom: National Security and Defense
WLF filed a brief on November 3, 1998, urging the Court to uphold a lower-court decision prohibiting the government from abandoning the traditional headcount. On August 24, 1998, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia had entered a judgment prohibiting the Census Bureau from carrying out its plan to adjust the results of the 2000 Census by boosting population totals in areas thought to contain disproportionate numbers of undercounted minority group members. WLF's brief argued that the Clinton Administration's plan to adjust census totals violates federal law. WLF noted that no prior American census has adjusted population totals from the number of citizens actually counted, and that using statistical sampling to adjust census totals would open the census process to the danger of political manipulation.