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California Secretary of State Alex Padilla urges students to preregister to vote during an appearance at Santa Maria High School in September. 

Frank Cowan, Contributor

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla has released a statement in response to reports that the U.S. Department of Justice is requesting to add a question about citizenship status on the 2020 Census.

“Attempting to include a question about citizenship in the Census is a cynical ploy by the Trump Administration to stifle non-citizen participation and jeopardize the accuracy and fairness of our nation's most important population count. Not only would it impact federal funding to states, an inaccurate count would undermine redistricting and voting rights for underrepresented communities. California will fight any effort by the Trump administration to sabotage the Census,” Padilla said. 

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The California Secretary of State's serves as the state's Chief Elections Officer, implements electronic filing and Internet disclosure of campaign and lobbyist financial information and maintains business filings.

Logan B. Anderson covers city government in Santa Maria for Lee Central Coast Newspapers. Follow him on Twitter: @LoganBAnderson.


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