Deadline to complete 2020 Census approaching

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JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – The deadline to complete the 2020 Census is quickly approaching. The U.S. secretary of Commerce says the 2020 census will end on October 5, despite a federal judge’s ruling last week that the head count of every U.S. resident should continue through the end of October.

Mississippi Secretary of State Michael Watson also took to Twitter, saying Mississippians are still below the response rate.

Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resourced based on census data.

“The census provides critical data that lawmakers, policy makers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for all of our communities,” said State Rep. Zakiya Summers, D-68.

In 2010, Mississippi’s census completion rate was 61.3%, resulting in the state losing a congressional seat and millions in federal money.

If you haven’t already completed the 2020 census questionnaire, you still have time.

The nonprofit, One Voice is offering assistance to individuals who have questions about the 2020 Census or need help completing it.  Their office can be reached at (888) 601-8683. 

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