AP: Alabama Census supervisor helped workers fake census forms

Nov 24, 2020

News outlets are quoting an Associated Press investigation that may point to fake answers on U.S. Census forms in Alabama. The AP obtained text messages from U.S. Census Bureau supervisor in Alabama telling workers how to falsify answers from households answer the once-in-a-decade head count. The text messages are from last month. They reportedly stem from the Bureau’s effort to finish the census count households where it couldn’t be established who lived there after two visits. Census workers were told to close cases after two unsuccessful visits at the home, plus two additional interviews with neighbors or landlords. A census worker provided the texts to the AP on condition of anonymity. The Census Bureau says it's looking into the allegations and no issues have been found.