Census self-response deadline extended

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By now, most households have received their census invitations in the mail. Some received an invitation to participate online or by phone, while others received a hard copy that can be completed and mailed back.

Either way, it’s important that every household completes its questionnaire so Volusia County, its municipalities and agencies will get their fair share of federal funding over the next 10 years.

Because of the disruption caused by the coronavirus, the U.S. Census Bureau has extended the deadline for self-response to Aug. 14.

Door-to-door counts, for those who do not return a form, will run from May 7 to Aug. 14. The bureau is still on target to deliver apportionment counts to the President by Dec. 31.

“If you have not received your invitation yet, or if you lost it, don’t worry,” said Complete Count Committee Co-Chair Barbara Girtman. “The Census Bureau will send you a reminder. Better yet, go online to  my2020census.gov and complete it now. You do not need an access code.”

Results thus far

So far, 36.9% of Volusia County households have completed their census forms, exceeding the national rate of 34.7% and Florida’s rate of 34.3%.

The county’s municipalities are engaging in a friendly competition to see which city will have the highest response rate. The winning city or town will receive a “census loving cup.’’ So far, Edgewater leads the pack with 46.7%.

Complete results, as of 3 p.m. March 31, were:
Edgewater: 46.7%
DeBary: 42.6%
Ormond Beach: 41.6%
Port Orange: 40.6%
DeLand: 39.7%
Orange City: 38.9%
Oak Hill: 38.6%
South Daytona: 37.5%
Deltona: 37.4%
Holly Hill: 36%
Ponce Inlet: 32.1%
New Smyrna Beach: 32%
Daytona Beach: 31.8%
Lake Helen: 31.8%
Pierson: 25.3%
Daytona Beach Shores: 23.4%

“Now, more than ever, we need to make sure we are encouraging our friends and neighbors to respond to the 2020 Census,” said Complete Count Committee CoChair Billie Wheeler. “The Census determines the funding for some programs, such as school lunch programs and emergency management, which are vital during this challenging time.”

Learn about Volusia County’s census awareness campaign at www.volusia.org/census.

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