Regional committee aims to make the census process easy for all


FILE – This March 23, 2018, file photo shows an envelope containing a 2018 census letter mailed to a U.S. resident as part of the nation’s only test run of the 2020 Census. Legal wrangling has surrounded the U.S. census count for decades, culminating in this year’s fight over adding a citizenship question. (AP Photo/Michelle R. Smith, File)

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo- Southwest Missouri Council of Governments (SMCOG) has established a complete-count committee to make the 2020 census an easy process.

Jason Ray with SMCOG says the committee serves as “the go-between” with the Census Bureau and local governments.

Jason Ray, SMCOG, discusses importance of 2020 census.

“We will combine information and outreach materials, and push it out to local levels to help have a more coordinated effort in Southwest Missouri,” says Ray.

The goal is to make sure everyone in Southwest Missouri is counted accurately in April 2020.

According to the census bureau website, this count will affect the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives

This is the first time we’ve had a regional committee. Although, Ray explains, there were a few local committees that formed for the 2010 census.

Right now, the committee is working to educate people in the community. They want them to understand how to complete the census.

Ray says this census will be the first that is online.

He says that everyone will receive two pieces of mail: the first one is a postcard inviting you to the website to respond, and the second one is going to be a reminder.

Additionally, you’ll see workers with a Census Bureau badge and a laptop canvassing neighborhoods, and rural areas, making sure addresses are correct.

This year, across America, there are around 40,000 census canvassers whereas in 2010 there were around 150,000 canvassers. Most will be going to areas that weren’t reported in the 2010 census to see what has changed.

This map shows the percentages of people who reported their information back to the Census Bureau in 2010.

For more information about the Census Bureau, click here.

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