Lois Romano of The Washington Post recently interviewed Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke. One topic of discussion was the 2010 Census. Here’s the relevant info from the interview:
Romano: Tell us what models you’re developing to ensure that all ethnic groups and minorities are accurately counted in next year’s census.
Locke: Well, for the first time, we will be sending our forms in different languages and specifically in Spanish. So populations, communities with a large Hispanic population, will actually receive a census questionnaire.
We’re going to be very specific. From past information, we know, for instance, in which parts of Houston there’s a large Vietnamese population. We know where in Los Angeles . . . in the Southwest, we have large populations, blocks of Hispanic families, and so we’re going to be very strategic and very targeted.
Romano: Will you, in part, rely on [population] sampling, even though the Republicans are dead set against it?
Locke: The United States Supreme Court has actually ruled that we are not allowed to use sampling apportionment. Nor do we have any plans to use sampling for any other purpose connected with the 2010 census.
Romano: Every White House has tried to play a role in the census. What will be this White House’s role in the census?
Locke: The census director reports to me, and, of course, I serve at the pleasure of the president. . . . It will not be politicized, and the White House assured me that it has no interest in politicizing it.