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Hide and Seek

AS AN ENUMERATOR FOR THE 2020 CENSUS, I DEVELOPED TRICKS FOR COUNTING people who didn’t want to be counted.

“We’re not interested,” a man on Pratt Boulevard in Rogers Park told me before shutting the door in my face.

OK. It seemed like he was Latino and in his 30s, so I had an ethnicity, a gender, and a (rough) age. “We’re” meant there was more than one person living in the apartment. On the iPhone I’d been issued for filling out census questionnaires, I marked the population count as two, the most I could

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