Counties Form Working Group to Support Accurate Count in Census 2020
WASHINGTON – With billions of dollars in federal funding potentially hanging in the balance, the nation’s counties are determined to play an active role in ensuring the 2020 Census reflects their full populations.
Toward that end, the National Association of Counties has formed a bipartisan working group to support local efforts to conduct an accurate and complete count.
“Census data informs decisions made in Washington that directly impact counties and our residents,” said Matthew Chase, executive director of the organization. “Counties are central to achieving a complete and accurate census count. With significant federal resources at stake, counties and residents benefit when everyone is counted.”
The group, comprised of association members representing rural, suburban and urban areas, will highlight the importance of county leadership on census outreach.
It will also strategically advise the association and counties nationwide on effective approaches to ensuring that every resident is counted.
The co-chairs of the working group are Judge Jason Brinkley, of Cook County, Texas, and County Commissioner Stanley Moore, of Cook County, Illinois.
Its members are Lena Fowler, County Supervisor in Coconino County, Arizona; Commissioner George Murdock, of Umatilla County, Oregon; Ilene Shapiro, executive of Summit County, Ohio; and John Wilson, assessor, King County, Washington.
The Census is mandated by the U.S. Constitution. Census data is essential for national, state and local decision making, including by counties and businesses.
Federal funding is based on population totals and breakdowns by sex, age, race and other factors. As part of the association’s efforts, its member counties are organizing comprehensive outreach and customizing effective local strategies to ensure an accurate count.
In The News
WASHINGTON - With billions of dollars in federal funding potentially hanging in the balance, the nation's counties are determined to play an active role in ensuring the 2020 Census reflects their full populations. Toward that end, the National Association of Counties has formed a bipartisan working... Read More
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Census Bureau wants even more details on American residents, requesting states to provide driver’s license and administrative records to add to a trove of federal data being collected by the agency in its census count. Officials plan to use the administrative records... Read More
SAN JUAN COUNTY, Utah — At the end of a labyrinth of red dirt roads and surrounded by the rusty cliffs of nearby mesas, Marthleen and Shuan Stephenson live on an isolated desert homestead on the sprawling Navajo Nation. Until last month, you couldn’t find their... Read More
WASHINGTON — Less than 300 miles from the Arctic Circle, Toksook Bay, Alaska, has about 600 people, a dozen or so streets and averages a high of 12 degrees in January, the month the 2020 census will begin there. The responses among Alaska Natives in Toksook... Read More
WASHINGTON - A lawyer for the Justice Department said Wednesday that President Donald Trump has ordered it to find a way to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census, despite an announcement yesterday that the documents were already being printed. In a teleconference with a... Read More
WASHINGTON - The Trump administration announced Tuesday evening that it will print the 2020 census without a question about citizenship. The announcement comes five days after the U.S. Supreme Court effectively blocked the addition of the question on the last day of its turn, but in... Read More