CHARLOTTE, N.C. – From education to roads and the power grid to hospitals, the census is key when it comes to how the federal government compensates states.
“The census data is gonna help us with recovery from the COVID outbreak,” said Bob Coats, the N.C. Governor's Census Liaison on the NC Complete Count Commission.
“The United States response rate was at 53.7 percent,” at one point on Wednesday, Coats said.
He says it's crucial every resident in any state do all they can to participate, even during this crisis.
“If we have bad data, then we don't have an appropriate voice in Congress, we don't have the tax dollars that we've already paid to serve our needs, and we have bad data for planning for our future,” Coats said.
“You can still be counted safely in your home while maintaining social distance,” he added.
He says, rest assured, responses will be transmitted securely and privately.
“It takes two minutes to fill out online,” Ahmed explained. “It's secure data, there's not a lot of personal, PIA data that goes across it, so you're not filling out your Social Security numbers, that kind of stuff.”
“We know in North Carolina there are about 700,000 households that don't have internet access at home,” Coats said.
It can be done over the phone via 12 different languages.
“In this new world, with the pandemic, COVID-19 pandemic going on, it's even more important to do this cause the government has stopped people from going door-to-door,” Ahmed said.
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PUBLISHED 6:12 PM EDT Apr. 29, 2020