Charlotte Talks: Gearing Up For The Census As The Dust Settles On The Citizenship Question
Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019
There's a lot at stake for Mecklenburg County and communities across North Carolina in next year's census, from political representation to billions of dollars in federal funds. Now that the fight over a citizenship question is over, what's being done to get a complete head count?
In less than eight months, census takers will be fanning out across the country for the crucial once-a-decade headcount.
According to @staceycarlessjd, the #Census directly affects the allocation of $16.3 billion annually in federal resources to NC. That breaks down to about $1,600.00 per person, per year in federal funds to our state. https://t.co/FAsNEsCYM6 #MakeNCCount #CountMeIn #ICountNC pic.twitter.com/WOnzOIlTVZ— NC Counts Coalition (@NCCounts) May 16, 2019
For more than a year, the groundwork for the census has been overshadowed by the Trump administration’s failed quest to add a citizenship question, which would have intimidated millions of people from participating.
Although that’s no longer hanging over the census, there are still challenges for those trying to get an accurate count in North Carolina.
Stacey Carless, NC Counts Coalition, executive director (@StaceyCarlessjd)
Juliana Cabrales, NALEO Educational Fund, mid-Atlantic director of civic engagement (@julicabrales)