Although the U.S. Constitution mandates a census of the population every ten years in order to apportion to each state the number of its Representatives in the House, overseas Americans are systematically excluded from that enumeration.The Census Bureau maintains that it lacks the means to identify and count U.S. citizens residing abroad. AARO contends that since Americans are taxed on the basis of their nationality rather than their place of residence, this situation is tantamount to taxation without representation. If we are to move forward in our quest to establish better representation for overseas Americans, we must be able to establish who, where and how many we are.
AARO is pledged to seek a way for U.S. citizens abroad to be taken into account in the apportionment of House seats. The next decennial census will be in 2010 and, once again, Americans abroad will not be included. In the meantime, AARO will continue to look for credible study groups that could conduct a serious survey of the 6.6 million Americans living overseas.
FYI - Census News
US Census to Utah: Missionaries don't count AP, August 16, 2009 SALT LAKE CITY — The U.S. Census Bureau has told Utah's elected leaders it won't count Mormon missionaries serving overseas in the nation's next head count. ...A review by the Government...
Congressman says census tally unfair Deseretnews.com/utah/ June 10, 2009 Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, persuaded the House on Wednesday to order the State Department and the Census Bureau to begin working together on ways to count Americans...
Americans abroad shun new U.S. census International Herald Tribune, June 12, 2004 An experimental attempt by the U.S. government to count American citizens overseas has failed to deliver the expected results, the director of the Census Bureau...
Out of sight, American expatriates struggle for political clout: Trying to make themselves counted International Herald Tribune, May 4, 2004 As Lucy Laederich recalls, it was an offhand question during a U.S. Census Bureau meeting to examine the feasibility of counting Americans abroad that got her...
AARO News - Census
Test 2004: The Census Bureau Reports AARO News, January 2006 Don Johnson, AARO Vice President and Census Committee Chairman The following is a summary of seven reports totaling over 250 pages prepared by U.S. Census Bureau personnel concerning...