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Local agencies rally for 2020 Census Awareness campaign

Posted at 12:04 AM, Oct 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-11 01:04:24-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Local community agencies rallied on Thursday night to celebrate a partnership and commitment to raising the 2020 Census completion rate. The agencies will work together to encourage more residents to fill out the Census survey. They join other cities and communities across the nation in the Census Awareness campaign called Shape Your Future: 2020 Census.

Local officials say Nueces County lost out on tens of millions of dollars in federal funding because only 7 out of 10 people who live here filled out the 2010 survey. County Judge Barbara Canales accepted the challenge to have at least 80 percent participation in next year's census. Representatives Todd Hunter and Abel Herrero, along with Senator "Chuy" Hinojosa were at the rally as well to encourage the push for more completed surveys. Besides federal funding allocations, the Census results determine how many seats in U.S. Congress each state gets.

The government will continue the traditional methods of gathering the information such as mail and Census taker, but now citizens can fill out the survey over the phone or online. By law, answers are kept anonymous. Responses are to be used for generating statistics only.

A question about the legality of citizenship will be left off the survey.

Census Day is April 1, 2020. Go here to learn more: