Census mail results could be trouble for 5 states

By By HOPE YEN, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - Five states - New York, California, Texas,
Arizona and Florida - are close to losing out on congressional seats because of lackluster participation in the U.S. census.

Statistics released Wednesday show those states are average or below average in mailing back the 10-question census forms when compared to other states.

Of the five states on the cusp, the biggest potential losers are California, which could end up losing a House seat, and New York, which could have a net loss of two seats.

Texas may end up gaining just three House seats instead of four. Arizona and Florida may lose out on adding one or two House seats.

On Saturday, Census workers begin knocking on the doors of those who did not respond to the mail-in form.

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