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Minnesota joins lawsuit over Census 'citizenship' question

It's one of 17 states suing the Justice Department.

Minnesota has joined a lawsuit against the federal government over controversial plans for the 2020 Census.

The Justice Department announced last week it wants to ask American residents whether they're a citizen of the U.S. in the 2020 Census.

It says this will allow it to determine more accurate voter records and cut down on fraud, but opponents say it will discourage participation in the Census amid fears over how the data would be used.

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A lawsuit filed in New York on Tuesday included Minnesota as one of the plaintiffs, with Attorney General Lori Swanson joining the case against the government.

It argues that asking the citizenship question will "fatally undermine the accuracy of the population count" and would "cause tremendous harms to Plaintiffs and their residents."

"The resulting undercount will not only fatally undermine the accuracy of the 2020 Census, but will jeopardize critical federal funding needed by states and localities to provide services and support for millions of residents," the suit says.

"Further, it will deprive historically marginalized immigrant communities of critical public and private resources over the next ten years."

The next Census is crucial for Minnesota, as it stands to lose a member of Congress because its population growth is being outstripped by other states.

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