Coronavirus pandemic complicates census plans
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Coronavirus effects on the 2020 census

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - The coronavirus pandemic distracts us from so much of our normal everyday lives and obligations. One of those obligations community leaders don’t want you to forget about is the 2020 census.

This is especially difficult because 2020 is an important year for Alabama, if there is any kind of an under count Alabama has the potential to lose one it’s congressional seats.

“It just takes 10 minutes for you to finish your census form and that makes a 10 year impact for our funding and political representation at all levels of government," he said.

Vandiver said Madison County is also second in Alabama for response rates, but there is still a lot of work to do.

“That still means we have a long way to go," he said. "That’s 40% of our households have not responded yet, that’s 36,000 households just within the city of Huntsville alone.”

Vandiver said, despite the coronavirus limitations, census workers will still be going to the houses of people who do not answer the census.

“Everybody is going to be counted one way or another," Vandiver said. "If they don’t do it themselves someone will come to their door. Probably sometime this summer, maybe even closer to the fall now because of the pandemic.”

Vandiver said they are hopin the curve will flatten out by the fall and it will be safe for census workers to go door-to-door.

Vandiver said they have procedures in place and to make sure they can get this community counted safely while the coronavirus pandemic goes on.

If you still have not filled out your census form you can go to the 2020 census website and complete it online, by mail or over the phone.

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