Alabama ranked as one of the lowest for census response as deadline approaches

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Alabama has one of the lowest census completion percentages in the country, with a total percentage of 89.8.

The census deadline was pushed back due to the COVID-19 pandemic but is still necessary for not just you, but for the community.

“And so those numbers determine a lot of things for the community from birth to the grave and so everybody uses those,” Wiregrass Census Consultant Lori Wilcoxon said. “And that’s why it’s so important, but it also determines our representation from a congressional seat.”

“So if we want our voices to be heard for Houston County, Henry County, for Alabama, we need to make sure that we’re being counted in the census.” Wilcoxon added.

Even Gov. Kay Ivey pressed the need to complete the census for Alabamians.

“Without you, Alabama stands to lose billions in funding, a seat in congress, and economic development opportunities,” Ivey said. “It only takes minutes to complete.”

The Wiregrass area itself has low completion numbers, with Houston County at 63.1 percent, Geneva County at 58.9 percent and Henry County at 52.3 percent.

The census can be completed online, over the phone, at polling places, and even the registration office.

“We really need people to fill out the census if they haven’t, it’s so easy it takes ten minutes to do it or less and it means so much,” County Chairman Mark Culver said.

Any questions about how or where to fill out the census, call your local chamber of commerce or local registration office.

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