From the Salt Lake Tribune: Census count to exclude overseas missionaries — again
“They tried lawsuits and friendly meetings, letter writing and legislation, but in the end Utah’s elected leaders made no headway in their nearly decade-long battle with the Census Bureau.
As a result, the nation’s 2010 population count will exclude Mormon missionaries living overseas.
But the official tally will include federal employees, members of the military and those on merchant vessels who are not currently in the country.
Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, considers this an outrage.
‘The bottom line should still be fairness and accuracy,’ he said. “If we are currently counting some people abroad and not others, there is just no logic to that whatsoever.’ …
In the most recent Census, taken in 2000, Utah fell just 857 people short of receiving the last available U.S. House seat and this discrepancy in how Americans are counted overseas made all the difference.
This isn’t simply a quibble over statistics. The decennial population count is vitally important for states because a bigger population means more members of Congress and more tax money.”
One look at the comments board on the above article should tell you that opinions on this issue have less to do with its legality than one’s political and religious persuasion. Conservative Mormons want more representation in Congress, liberal people of other or no faiths don’t want them to have it. Seems that’s how it went down in Congress as well.
FYI, the song the kid is singing is a parody of the LDS children’s hymn “I hope they call me on a mission”, in case you didn’t know. A bit exclusionary of me to include it, unfortunately, since you kind of need to be a Mormon for the cartoon to have its full impact. You can listen to the song here.