Posey County lawmakers remind local residents to complete census

Posted by: Jordan Wallace  | Thursday, July 23, 2020

STATEHOUSE (July 23, 2020) – According to State Reps. Wendy McNamara (R-Evansville) and Matt Hostettler (R-Fort Branch), 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. McNamara said Indiana is currently tied for 10th in the nation for response rate, with nearly two-thirds of Hoosier census forms submitted. 

"The data collected from the census helps communities receive essential funding based on population," McNamara said. "It takes just a few minutes to answer online, and Hoosiers who haven't done so are encouraged to submit their responses as soon as possible."

McNamara 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. Hostettler said a number of households still need to respond from the following counties:

  • Gibson County, 33%;
  • Posey County, 31%; and
  • Vanderburgh County, 34%.

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.

"The census is collected every 10 years and everyone is required to complete it," Hostettler said. "The information we provide helps fund our communities, schools, hospitals and first responders. These are essential entities and we need the most funding for them to continue educating, healing and keeping Hoosiers safe."

According to Hostettler, 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. Matt Hostettler (R-Fort Branch) represents House District 64,
which includes Gibson County and portions of Knox, Pike, Vanderburgh and Posey counties.
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State Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Evansville) represents House District 76, 
which includes portions of Posey and Vanderburgh counties.

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