DOUBLE SPRINGS - Although Census Day will not be until April 1, 2020, the urgency of having an accurate population count is well underway, with a countywide community leaders forum planned for July 11.
The forum will be from 10 a.m. until noon at First Baptist Church, located at 197 Main Street in Double Springs. This forum is a major effort to educate leaders from throughout Winston County about the importance of the census and how it relates to education, economics, safety and health.
The census, which is taken nationwide every ten years, is an official count or survey of a population, recording various details concerning individuals. It is mandated by Article I, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution to take place every 10 years.
Answers to the census questionnaire enhances the process used to produce important statistics about the county and state’s population, county officials pointed out.
“Through census data, communities can access the conditions of children, present solutions to problems and improve on the progress already made,” stressed Diane Watson, director of the Winston County Department of Human Resources, which is facilitating the countywide meeting.
“Therefore, it is imperative we have 100 percent participation within our community,” Watson stated.
This urgency will be stressed at the public forum. Special guests will include a representative from VOICES for Alabama’s Children, as well as a U.S. Census representative discussing the complexities in Winston County concerning districting, or how the area is represented in both the state and U.S. legislatures, as well as how important the census is for keeping that district intact.
The U.S. Census is used to determine federal funds, grants and support for states. Since 1950, the U.S. Census Bureau has not included a citizenship question, fearing it would reduce response ratings and cause an undercount of the nation’s population, according to the Census Bureau. This under-counting would affect federal funding to states and cities, the Bureau indicated.
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