Sign-On Letter

JOIN US AND TAKE ACTION! 

We can work together to make sure North Carolina has the resources it needs to support a complete and accurate 2020 Census.  NC organizations and/or businesses can sign the letter below asking Senator Burr and Senator Tillis to Cosponsor the bipartisan, bicameral 2020 Census Deadline Extension Act (S.4571) and the Young/Gallego bill (H.R. 8250) allowing statutory deadline extensions to ensure that the 2020 Census operation can continue to adjust amidst COVID-19 related disruptions for a complete and accurate Decennial Census operation.

LETTER:

Dear Senator (Burr/Tillis):

We urge you to cosponsor the bipartisan, bicameral 2020 Census Deadline Extension Act (S.4571) and the Young/Gallego bill (H.R. 8250) allowing statutory deadline extensions to ensure that the 2020 Census operation can continue to adjust amidst COVID-19 related disruptions for a complete and accurate Decennial Census operation.

Nearly 30 percent of North Carolinians are currently estimated to be missing from North Carolina's census count, putting our state on the verge of a failed 2020 Census that we cannot afford. A complete and accurate census count will ensure that North Carolina receives its fair share of $1.5 trillion a year in federal funding. In FY2017 North Carolina received more than $43 billion in federal census-guided funding to support school lunches, medication and care for seniors, housing assistance, college grants, small business loans for rural communities, medical clinics and more. Accurate data from the 2020 Census are also critical to informed decision-making and resource/investment allocation by the public and private sectors, including preparation for and recovery from natural disasters and public health crises.

The 2020 Census operation began in North Carolina on March 12, 2020. As of October 17, 2020, North Carolina remains one of the lowest performing states for 2020 Census self-response participation. In fact:

  • 63.4 % of households self- responded to the Census in North Carolina, compared to 66.8% of households nationwide. North Carolina’s 2010 self-response rate was 64.8%.
  • North Carolina is ranked 36 out of 50 states and DC for Census self-response participation.
  • Only 30 of 100 North Carolina counties have reached their 2010 self-response rate

Statutory reporting deadlines for data processing and quality check operations must be  extended to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the data that we will rely upon for the next decade. Without this, North Carolina risks government funding and private sector investments; the loss to our state for the next decade will be incalculable. The Constitution gives Congress responsibility for getting the Deennial Census right. If there is any hope of salvaging a complete and accurate 2020 Census, the Senate must act through S.4571 to:

  • Extend the reporting deadlines for apportionment data from 12/31/20 to 4/30/21
  • Extend the reporting deadlines for redistricting data from 4/1/21 to 7/31/21

Thank you for your consideration of this request and for supporting a complete and accurate 2020 Census for the people of North Carolina. Your action will allow our state to have access to the resources and opportunities it needs for the next ten years to ensure a better future for all North Carolinians.

This sign-on letter is coordinated by N.C. Counts Coalition. N.C. Counts Coalition partners with government, planning,  community and nonprofit organizations, service providers and businesses to improve the quality of life for North Carolinians with a complete, inclusive and accurate 2020 Census count. We believe that accurate Census data is essential to the economic well-being of North Carolina and the general well-being of every single North Carolinian. To learn more, visit: www.NCCensus.org.

Sincerely, 

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