2020 Census response deadline moved up to Sept. 30
The 2020 Census deadline has been changed to Sept. 30. Georgia Farm Bureau is encouraging its members to fill out the ten-question survey so Georgia does not miss out on vital federal funding and legislative power that data derived from the Census helps to determine.
As of Aug. 31, Georgia was ranked 39th out of all states in the U.S. in terms of household response rate. Statewide, 60.3% of Georgia households had responded. The national response rate on Aug. 31 was 65%. For more information about Georgia’s response rates, visit www.gfb.ag/20Census0830Censusresponse.
Here are Georgia’s response rates by congressional district: 1st District 56.2%; 2nd District 50%; 3rd District 65.8%; 4th District 63.1%; 5th District 56.7%; 6th District 68.9%; 7th District 70.4%; 8th District 55.3%; 9th District 57.8%; 10th District 60.6%; 11th District 65.1%; 12th District 55.4%; 13th District 62.6%; 14th District 60.5%.
Rural Georgia in particular is undercounted. While access to reliable internet may play into this trend, there are other options. Georgians can fill out the Census questionnaire over the phone by calling 844-330-2020, via U.S. mail by sending completed paper questionnaires to the U.S. Census Bureau National Processing Center,1201 E 10th Street, Jeffersonville, IN 47132. Online surveys can be submitted by visiting https://my2020census.gov/.
In line with the I Farm. I Vote. campaign, GFB has dubbed its 2020 Census initiative “You Farm. You Count.” Local Farm Bureaus and their members may encourage their communities by placing op-eds or ads in the paper and using the county Farm Bureau marquee sign to share the importance of a complete count. The new deadline to fill out the census is Sept. 30, but the sooner Georgia’s citizens are counted, the better!
For questions about the You Farm. You Count. initiative, contact Katie Duvall in the GFB Public Policy Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or 478-474-0679, ext. 5217.