Bartels, Lindauer remind local residents to complete census

Posted by: Jordan Wallace  | Wednesday, July 22, 2020

STATEHOUSE (July 22, 2020) – According to State Reps. Stephen Bartels (R-Eckerty) and Shane Lindauer (R-Jasper), 2020 Census responses are critical to future federal funding in local communities, and Hoosiers should respond now if they have not already done so.

Door-to-door visits are beginning in some areas around the country to remind residents to complete their 2020 Census forms. Bartels said Indiana is currently tied for 10th in the nation for response rate, with nearly two-thirds of Hoosier census forms submitted.

"Households that have not completed the census yet should submit their responses sooner rather than later," Bartels said. "The results are crucial to local and state funding Indiana and Dubois County need. It takes little time and can be done online, by phone or through mail."

Bartels encourages residents to visit 2020census.gov to fill out the census online. Hoosiers can also call 844-330-2020 or mail back the questionnaire sent to households.

Census takers will begin visiting nonresponding households starting July 23 to ensure every resident is counted. Lindauer said the census office is still waiting to hear from approximately one third of the households in southern Indiana, including the following percentage of households by county:

  • Crawford County, 48%;
  • Daviess County, 31%;
  • Dubois County, 22%;
  • Orange County, 39%;
  • Martin County, 38%;
  • Perry County, 31%;
  • Pike County, 33%; and
  • Spencer County, 32%.

"By law, everyone is required to fill out the census every 10 years," Lindauer said. "All information collected is kept confidential and is extremely crucial. Hoosiers who fill out this quick survey help ensure funding for education and public health initiatives, as well as families in need and firefighters."

Census workers will wear masks and follow local public health guidelines when they visit households. All census takers complete a virtual COVID-19 training on social distancing, and other health and safety protocols before beginning their work in neighborhoods.

According to Lindauer, billions of dollars in federal funding to support education, housing, health and public safety are on the line as this data impacts strategic planning decisions about statewide job training, locations of new businesses and public transportation projects.

Self-responses are due by Oct. 31, 2020.

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State Rep. Stephen Bartels (R-Eckerty) represents House District 74,
which includes portions of Spencer, Dubois, Perry, Crawford and Orange counties.
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State Rep. Shane Lindauer (R- Jasper) represents House District 63,
which includes portions of Daviess, Dubois, Pike and Martin counties.
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