Barringer, Felicity. "U.S. Finds More Flaws in Census Undercount," New York Times, 25
August 1991, p. 23.
Last July, the Secretary of Commerce, Robert A. Mosbacher, decided that his department would
not adjust the Census Bureau's official count of the population. His reasoning was simple: the
statistical adjustments contained errors of their own. Admittedly the census was an undercount
but the adjustments had other errors which, fare from leading to "truth," led to other arguments.
The latest figures have it that there are more flaws than the Census Bureau originally showed.
The best guess is that they missed 9.7 to 15.5 million people, just double the original estimate of
The State of California wants the adjusted data for reasons of its own. The Californians want to
redistrict based on the adjustments. The Democratic party would be the major beneficiary.
Undoubtedly, there will be court challenges.