STATEHOUSE (July X, 2020) – According to State Reps. Randy Lyness (R-West Harrison) and Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville), 2020 census responses are critical to future federal funding in local communities, and Hoosiers should respond now if they have not already done so.
Census Surge Week kicked off Monday to remind residents to complete their 2020 census forms before door-to-door visits begin in some areas around the country as early as July 20. Lyness said Indiana is currently tied for 10th in the nation for response rate, with nearly two-thirds of Hoosier census forms submitted.
"It is important to fill out the census so everyone in our community is counted," Lyness said. "This data determines how and where billions of dollars in federal funding will be used, which is why everyone should take a few minutes to submit their response online, over the phone or through the mail."
Residents can visit 2020census.gov to fill out the census online. Hoosiers can also call 844-330-2020 or mail back the questionnaire sent to households.
Locally, census takers will begin visiting nonresponding households starting July 23 to ensure every resident is counted. Ziemke said 34% of Fayette County households, 33% of Franklin County households and 37% of Union County households still need to respond.
"A lot can change for communities between each census, so it is crucial that everyone is accounted for in the place they call home," Ziemke said. "These numbers can determine where to build the next hospital, school or even grocery store. Please help shape our community's future and fill out the census."
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.
Ziemke said everyone is required to fill out the census every 10 years by law, and the information is kept confidential. Personal information cannot be used against respondents by any government agency or court.
According to Ziemke, 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.
State Rep. Randy Lyness (R-West Harrison) represents House District 68, which includes
all of Union County and portions of Franklin and Dearborn counties.
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State Rep. Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville) represents House District 55, which includes
all of Fayette County and portions of Decatur, Franklin, Ripley and Rush counties.
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