WV LIKELY TO LOSE CONGRESSIONAL SEAT - Poor Census Response, Declining Population

Political observers around the state say WV's declining population and a failure of citizens to be counted in the 2020 census could mean the Mountain State would lose a seat in Congress.

Seats in the House of Representatives are reallocated every 10 years, according to results of the census.

Political observer Robert Rupp from WV Wesleyan College emphasized that the loss of a seat could have a long-term impact on getting support and attention from Washington.

“West Virginians would become invisible to Washington D.C for the next ten years, and that will have an impact on the next decade of the state,” said Rupp.

Rupp explained that nothing is certain yet, but the best way people can work to prevent that is to be sure they file in the census so every West Virginian can be counted.

WV is a state that ranks high in not being counted in US Census.