Warrick County lawmakers remind local residents to complete census

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

STATEHOUSE (July 22, 2020) – According to State Reps. Holli Sullivan (R-Evansville) and Ron Bacon (R-Chandler), 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. Sullivan said Indiana is currently tied for 10th in the nation for response rate, with nearly two-thirds of Hoosier census forms submitted.

"For the most accurate information and to receive top federal funding, it's crucial for everyone to complete the census," Sullivan said. "The data helps determine future roadway projects, community development assistance and many other needs. Hoosiers, please fill out the census and help shape our communities' future."

Sullivan 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. Bacon said a number of households still need to respond from the following counties:

  • Pike County, 33%;
  • Spencer County, 32%;
  • Vanderburgh County, 34%; and
  • Warrick County, 26%.

"A lot can change over the course of 10 years, so it is extremely important to make sure everyone in Warrick County is counted in the right place, and filling out the census is how that's done," Bacon said.  "It only takes a few minutes to complete, so please do so. This way we won't miss out on any funding we could have received."

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.

Bacon 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 Bacon, 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. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) represents House District 75, 
which includes portions of Warrick, Pike and Spencer counties.

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State Rep. Holli Sullivan (R-Evansville) represents House District 78,
which includes portions of Vanderburgh and Warrick counties.
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