Prof. James Sample Quoted in Reuters Story on US Plan to Ask Citizenship Question on Census

James Sample , Professor of Law

States vow to fight U.S. plan to ask citizenship question on census

By Daniel Trotta
Mar. 27, 2018


“It is facially constitutional to ask the question,” said James Sample, a law professor at Hofstra University, “even though it is colossally dumb” because it was likely to reduce the number of people responding to the census.

The Trump administration could probably win a legal case, Sample said. But the challenges may succeed if an inaccurate count leads to a range of unconstitutional consequences, including the unequal distribution of federal funds or potential violations of the “one-person-one-vote” principle, he said.

Read the full article on the Reuters website.