The Constitution, in Article I, Section 2, Clause 3 specifies that a census of the US should be taken every ten years and gives Congress the power to specify the specifics. But what happens if, for any reason, the census can't be completed, or even conducted?
For some specific (non-exhaustive) possibilities, what if:
- ... the President fires and does not replace the leadership of the Census Bureau, or otherwise prevents it from doing its job?
- ... Congress doesn't provide any funding, either deliberately or due to a budget impasse and government shutdown?
- ... the Census Bureau attempts to fulfill its job, but mishandles the data and loses its records? (Such as "hard drive crash which corrupted the backups" or ransomware.)