2020 Census

In early August, officials announced the 2020 Census would end Sept. 30, a month earlier than planned. As the deadline draws closer, groups like Arkansas United and Arkansas Counts are continuing to reach out to immigrants and hard-to-count communities in hopes of getting a more accurate count for the census.

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The U.S. Census Bureau has announced it will stop accepting Census responses Sept. 30, a month earlier than planned. Arkansas Counts, a statewide initiative to get a complete count of the state for the 2020 Census, is ramping up outreach efforts as a result.

Tuesday, President Trump signed a memorandum that would exclude undocumented immigrants from being counted for the purpose of redistricting efforts next year. Arkansas United responded to the memo by hosting a virtual press conference yesterday. Advocates say the move is an attempt to suppress Census participation and they expect the memo to face legal challenges.

A $5,000 grant from the National League of Cities is helping the city of Gravette collect more census responses from residents. The U.S. Census Bureau has adjusted its timeline due to the coronavirus pandemic, so residents now have until Oct. 31 to complete the census online, by phone or by mail.

The U.S. Census Bureau is ramping up its recruiting efforts. Last Friday, officials hosted an open house at the Area Census Office in Fayetteville. The office covers 38 counties and officials say they are at about 90 percent in terms of recruitment.

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Experts believe Arkansas is home to the largest Marshallese migrant population in the world, yet census estimates widely vary. To obtain an accurate count, Melisa Laelan, chief executive officer of Arkansas Coalition of Marshallese, in cooperation with the U.S. Census Bureau and with state grant funding, is preparing for the 2020 census by coordinating community outreach and Marshallese census enumerator training.

 

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Steven Dillingham, director U.S. Census Bureau, was a featured speaker at the annual Hispanic Women's Organization of Arkansas conference Friday at the Jones Center in Springdale. He says his office is working to raise awareness about the 2020 Census and plans to hire 500,000 Census takers.

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A 30-member group created by Gov. Asa Hutchinson that is tasked with ensuring a complete and accurate census count held its first meeting this week. The Arkansas Complete Count Committee, made up of state and local officials, heard presentations from people involved in ongoing census counting efforts.

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A statewide coalition is working to ensure all Arkansans are represented in the 2020 U.S. Census. Arkansas Counts is an initiative of Arkansas Impact Philanthropy, Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, the Arkansas Public Policy Panel and Arkansas United. The four groups applied for a grant from the Census Equity Fund and have now launched a Complete Count Committee.