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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Now through October 18, census workers will be going door-to-door across the area as they prepare for the 2020 United States Census. Officials say you can expect those door knocks mainly in the evening or over the weekend. “We want to make sure we have the correct address for everybody, so that’s why we’re going to people’s homes,” said Astrid Chirinos, who sits on the Mecklenburg Complete Count Committee. Chirinos says residents have no reason to be alarmed. She says address canvassing is the first major field operation of the 2020 census, where workers simply confirm addresses and the number of people living in the home. She says responses are confidential and protected by federal law. “The last time we missed people. We, unfortunately, missed children, we missed seniors, you know some populations that are hard to count...immigrants,” she said.
In late June, I spoke on a panel focused on population trends in the Charlotte metropolitan region, the 2020 Census, and how businesses and local governments are gearing up for an accurate and complete count. Afterwards, an attendee asked a great question: What is the number, in dollars, associated with one individual not being counted in the census?
On July 22, congressional leaders and White House officials announced they had reached a two-year budget agreement. The agreement included provisions raising the debt ceiling through July 31, 2021 and revising discretionary spending caps in fiscal years (FY) 2020 and 2021actions leaders in the U.S. Senate said were necessary before they would consider any of the FY 2020 appropriations bills. As part of the agreement, the 2020 Census received a unique cap adjustment making it one of the few programs singled out for such a designation. Specifically, the agreement provided the 2020 Census with $2.5 billion, meaning Appropriators will have this additional funding outside the caps to use towards supporting the decennial census. The budget agreement passed the House on July 23 by a vote of 284-149. At press time, the Senate was expected to pass the agreement before August 2. President Trump has said he will sign the legislation (H.R. 3877) into law.
The Census Bureau is taking a different approach to the 2020 Census to try to hold down costs, while maintaining accuracy. It’s using less office space, hiring fewer field staff, and using new training methods.
PITT COUNTY, NC (WITN) - Committees throughout the state and Eastern Carolina are preparing to count every person in their counties. The Pitt County 2020 Census Committee appens in all counties. In Pitt County, volunteers from around the area go to their communities to increase outreach.
On July 5, new court filings showed the federal government intended to continue litigating the battle over placing a citizenship question on the 2020 census, even though a June 27 Supreme Court decision had blocked the question.
An official says the Justice Department has been instructed to keep looking for a way to ask 2020 census responders whether they are citizens of the United States. The Supreme Court has left in place a lower court's order to block the question for now.
The Trump administration is moving forward with printing 2020 census forms without a citizenship question. The move comes after a more than year-long legal battle over the hotly contested question.
A Justice Department official confirmed to ABC News on Tuesday that plaintiffs in the census case have been informed that the 2020 census will be printed without inclusion of a citizenship question.
Raleigh, NC (June 27, 2019) – The Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the citizenship question cannot be added to the 2020 Census, for now. “Today’s Supreme Court decision on the citizenship question supports the fundamental Constitutional mandate that the Census obtain a complete count of every individual in the United States; this is a victory for our democracy,” said Stacey Carless, Executive Director of the NC Counts Coalition.