Gov. Kemp: Low census response rate threatens Georgia

Georgia News

ATLANTA (WSAV) – With just six days left to complete the 2020 census, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp says, “literally, the stakes could not be higher.”

As of Thursday, Kemp says Georgia has one of the lowest response rates in the country.

This threatens the piece of federal funding the Peach State receives for health care, food, education and roads based on the census.

“It will also affect the representation we have for the hardworking Georgians in our nation’s capital,” the governor added.

“Our fight with COVID-19 has threatened live and livelihoods, and understandably it has taken much of the public’s attention,” Kemp said. “Unfortunately, that shift in focus left Georgia in a tough spot.”

The governor said that if the pandemic has taught Georgia anything, “it’s that resources matter.”

“Georgians response to the 2020 census will determine what kind of resources the state will receive over the next 10 years,” he continued.

According to Chatham County officials, only 59.7% of residents have completed the census.

Residents who have not done so can fill it out online at my2020census.gov by the Sept. 30 deadline. The survey should take about 10 minutes.

There is also a school supply and food giveaway on Saturday where Chatham County residents can fill out the census in person. Stop by the Chatham County Family Justice Center (2005 Waters Ave.) from 10 a.m. to noon.

Georgians can also call toll free at 1-844-330-2020 to complete the census or return the form mailed to them.

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