ALA Statement on SCOTUS Census Ruling

June 27, 2019

2020 Census (Image: Rebecca Lomax/American Libraries)
Image: Rebecca Lomax/American Libraries

On June 27, the Supreme Court issued a 5–4 ruling in Department of Commerce v. New York, temporarily blocking the US Commerce Department from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 Census. In response, American Library Association (ALA) President Wanda Brown made the following statement:

“The American Library Association agrees that there is a ‘substantial mismatch’ between the Commerce Secretary’s decision and the rationale he provided for adding a citizenship question to the 2020 Census. We welcome the Supreme Court’s decision to at least temporarily block the addition of the question. ALA has consistently opposed the addition of the question on the 2020 census form, as most recently argued in ALA’s amicus curiae brief in this case.

“ALA will continue to work in coalition with civil and human rights organizations to carefully review the implications of the case and actively advocate for a fair, accurate, and inclusive census.”

Updated and expanded information about libraries and the census, including ALA’s free Libraries’ Guide to the 2020 Census, is available at


Making It Count

Librarians get ready for the 2020 Census

From left: ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo; Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby; and Annie E. Casey Foundation President and CEO Lisa Hamilton at the US Census Bureau’s Census Day press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., April 1, 2019.

ALA Joins Groups Opposing Census Citizenship Question

Supreme Court arguments will be heard April 23