Citizens must be counted, Reed says

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed called on Georgia’s mayors Monday morning to work in a bi-partisan spirit to see that all residents are counted in the next U.S. Census.

An accurate count could mean that Georgia has more representatives in Washington, Reed told the annual Georgia Municipal Association’s Mayor’s Day Conference. It alos could mean “billions” in dollars to Atlanta and the state, he said.

The conference is held in conjunction with the General Assembly session. Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and House Speaker David Ralston are about to speak at a breakfast, which opened with remarks from Reed.

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January 25th, 2010
9:13 am

“Residents” are not the same thing as “citizens.”


January 25th, 2010
9:43 am

So right, JB!


January 25th, 2010
10:08 am

Like it or not, the Constitution does not state that only citizens are to be counted in the census.


January 25th, 2010
10:21 am

It is very important that everyone whether here legally or illegal gets counted. Remember that those of us who pay taxes must pay school taxes to educate the children of everyone whether legal or illegal.


January 25th, 2010
10:42 am

Jason – So, does that mean we count those visiting the country for the weekend too, considering they’ll “reside” here for a few days? The Constitution was written on the premise of citizenship, especially in regards to representation in congress, considering they’re funded by tax dollars. Counting “residents” is purely a political strategy to usurp more power.

The Snark

January 25th, 2010
11:17 am

You can make a lot of mistakes by relying upon ideology instead of doing your homework and learning the facts.

Here is the actual original text of Article I, Section 2 of the United States Constitution:

“Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons. The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct.”

No mention of “residents” or “citizens” — just “numbers.” The reference to “all other persons” meant African slaves.

The 14th Amendment modified this provision in effect with the following language: “Representatives shall be apportioned among the several States according to their respective numbers counting the whole number of persons in each State, excluding Indians not taxed.”

All competent nations regularly conduct a census. Our practice has been to count every human being: residents, citizens, prisoners, the homeless, people in hospitals and insane asylums, everyone. If you want to seize upon this issue as something new to make alarming statements or complaints about, then by all means turn on your talk radio and have a ball in make-believe land. But it’s pretty routine stuff.


January 25th, 2010
11:29 am

My only point was that the headline of this post is not consistent with the content of the Reed quote. Seems important to get this detail right given, as evidenced by the comments here, that this is a quite a loaded issue.


January 25th, 2010
11:51 am

I teach constitution philosophy, so I know the ideology; which our country is based and that we should be living by, not the joke of the 14th amendment. My point is that counting illegals/residents as part of representation/taxes is a flawed concept, never the original idea of the founding fathers and contributes more power to government. Unfortunately, we’ve accepted it as part of “fact.” “Free persons,” as mentioned, is correct, in regards to speaking of slaves and part of the 3/5th compromise.


January 27th, 2010
11:36 pm

Actually, he’s just trying to make sure Atlanta still have a majority-black residency, in prep for the next election in 4 years.