Regarding the June 3 editorial on the 2020 Census, “The sabotage backfired”:
A Supreme Court majority found the citizenship question to be procedurally infirm. The Biden administration stopped the estimate of noncitizens. The 2020 Census enjoyed nationwide bipartisan support and assistance at federal, state and local levels.
There was no attempt to sabotage the census. A complete and accurate count was the mission. Understandably, decennial censuses always contain miscounts. Estimates of miscounts use imprecise survey data. The Census Bureau recently compared survey data with 2020 Census numbers. The editorial opined the comparison revealed undercounts that favor one political party. Such speculation continues a media disinformation campaign.
Congress should consider a bipartisan blue-ribbon commission to review practices and consider conducting data collection before the height of political frenzy and disinformation that occurs during an election cycle. The nation deserves it.
Steven Dillingham, Alexandria
The writer was Census Bureau director from January 2019 to January 2021.