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So you take a math test and you conclude two-plus-two equals five. Guess what? You fail the examination.

An “F” grade, though, hardly compensates for the enormous blunder the esteemed numbers crunchers at the U.S. Census Bureau have made.

It is a mistake that likely cost Utah a fourth seat in Congress!

The Census Bureau recently informed Congress about a counting error at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The bureau bunglers double counted nearly 2,700 students. Deduct that number and it leaves Utah and North Carolina virtually equal in deserving an additional seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Yet, because of even more complex math, North Carolina, not Utah, has the seat.

Utah deserves better!

It’s why KSL urges Utah’s political leaders to press the issue.

Two lawsuits filed by Utah already failed before the U.S. Supreme Court, largely because the Census Bureau could vouch for the accuracy of their methodology. So much for that argument in view of the latest admission! Perhaps another legal challenge is in order. There’s also the option of a political solution – Congress adding two new seats – one for Washington, D.C. and the other for Utah.

In the end, everyone knows two plus two equals four. It’s the number of seats Utah should have in Congress.

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