Census worker Anna Arroyo takes calls about the census at City Hall in Reading, Pennsylvania, on September 1.

This is what could happen if the 2020 census fails to count everyone in the US

Updated 9:30 AM ET, Mon September 14, 2020

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(CNN)If the 2020 census fails to count everyone in the US, experts warn that the consequences will be serious, widespread and long-lasting.

The census is the basis for determining how many representatives each state gets in Congress and how an estimated 1.5 trillio