By Kevin Edwards
BC Staff Writer
Felicia Hadley of the United States Census Bureau asked the Bolivar County Board of Supervisors Monday to urge residents to complete 2020 Census.
“Ultimately, today I just want to ask and encourage you to continue to help us empower the community about the importance of the upcoming 2020 Census,” said Hadley.
The United States Constitution mandates the census and is a full population count taken every 10 years.
Hadley said information about the census has been mailed out.
“Census Day is April 1, 2020, and as you may know, some of you may have already received your census in the mail,” Hadley said. “Those were mailed out starting March 12 so there are several residents in Bolivar County who have probably already received their letters or completed their census.
“What we’re asking everyone to do is to respond to the census because the census is very, very important and it’s easy.”
She said the census could be completed online, on the phone or through the mail.
“Depending on where individuals reside, if it’s identified as a hard to count area, they may have received a paper questionnaire as well. It is fine to complete that paper questionnaire and mail that back in or individuals can call the number that’s provided or go online to complete the census,” Hadley said.
The census protects personal information and does not share it with other agencies.
Supervisor James McBride and board attorney Ellis Turnage said they both received their census packet in the mail recently.
“There’s not anything to be thinking that somebody is going to be prying in your personal affairs,” McBride said. “That’s not what this is all about. We want to make sure that every locality and geographic region in the country gets its due diligence.”
“I can’t stress it enough that it’s easy,” Hadley said “It’s simple. It takes approximately 10 minutes and it will be 10 minutes that will affect or shape our future for the next 10 years.”
The census is used to count the population for the purposes of allocating national and state representation and sorting billions of dollars in federal programs.
The Census Bureau will send out official census takers to homes that have not responded to the census beginning in May. All census takers have official identification and their identities may be confirmed by calling the Census Bureau at 800-923-8282.
Neither the census questionnaire or a census representative will ever ask for your Social Security number, bank account or credit card information or ask for any kind of financial donation.