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Census update: Governor Kay Ivey says Alabama must do better

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Published: Jul. 21, 2020 at 3:27 PM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -

The deadline to complete the 2020 census has been pushed back because of the pandemic but time is running out to respond.

Thirteen Alabama counties are above the national census response rate that is at 62%,” says census assistant regional manager Marilyn Stephens.

But, the statewide average falls short at just 59.8%.

With the loss of federal funding and congressional representation at stake, Governor Kay Ivey says 60% won’t get the job done.

“Simply put we can and must do better,” says Ivey.

Another must-- continuing to do everything possible to maximize participation among Alabamians.

“Fortunately for all of us this is a marathon, not a sprint,” says Ivey.

To get to the 90% state response rate finish line events like the Drop Everything and Get Counted statewide day of action is scheduled for August 12th.

The event will encourage businesses to allow employees to complete the census at work.

September’s Alabama Census Bowl Competition will target counties with poor census participation by motivating families through schools.

Census and government leaders are pushing Alabamians to take action now by self-responding and avoiding a knock on the door starting August 11th.

“Why? Because Alabama counts for representation. Alabama counts for resources. Alabama counts to every program that is important to every family in the state of Alabama.

In 2010 the final self-response was 62.5%. Surveys completed by census takers pushed that to 72%.

You can complete the census by landline, online, or by mail.

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