U.S. Census reports, updated every three days, indicated that 63.8% of Amherst residents have self-responded by August 11, 2020. Massachusetts isn’t fairing much better at 65.7%. What’s at stake? The potential loss of billions in federal funding, calculated to be $2,372 per person lost every year for ten years, our representation at the congressional and state level, and our redistricting at all those levels.
The Census Bureau has announced that field collection data by census takers going door-to-door since late July-early August will end a month earlier than its COVID extension guidelines. It also reports that ‘Self-response options will also close on that date to permit the commencement of data processing” in order to meet the statutory deadline for apportionment counts by December 31, 2020.
Time is running out to get a complete count!
In late March, chased by COVID from our own community tabling and outreach efforts, LWVA joined LWVMA in a phone banking effort to reach non-respondents, organized by our partners at MASS Voter Table and the Immigration and Refugee Advocacy Coalition. That effort expanded last month to include voter registration and voting by mail information along with the importance of completing the census. Volunteers needn’t be members of any organization, so enlist your neighbors, friends and family across the state.
Please help Increase the Count: Volunteer for Phone Banks for Census Response and Voter Registration: Sign up for phone bank - every Tuesday at 11:00-1:00 and every Wednesday and Thursday from 5:00-7:00.