The iCount NM statewide 2020 Census campaign will host the Statewide Census Day of Action on Monday, September 14. Here is a news release about the day. The iCount campaign also has issued a toolkit for organizations interested in participating in the Census Day of Action. The NM Native Census Coalition will also have several videos from our local representatives and nonprofits to share from our social media channels.
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New Mexico Launches Statewide Census Day of Action
With time running out, state pulls together for a complete count.
September 11, 2020 — On Monday, September 14th, communities across New Mexico will come together for a Statewide Day of Action for the 2020 Census. With just over two weeks remaining to count all New Mexico residents, the state has one of the lowest participation rates in the Nation, but is gaining momentum.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 82.8% of New Mexico Households have been counted in the 2020 Census, as of September 10. This rate includes households that have self-responded via phone, internet or mail, and those that have been counted through door-to-door visits by Census workers — a process referred to as “Nonresponse Followup”.
“At this rate, New Mexico is still leaving billions of dollars on the table,” said Pam Coleman, Chair of the State Complete Count Commission and Director of the State Personnel Office. “These represent critical federal resources that may instead flow to other states with higher participation rates over the next 10 years.”
Census data is used to distribute billions in federal funds to local communities based on population. It is also used to determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives and by businesses when deciding where to locate new facilities and jobs.
With two weeks left to respond, a coalition of organizations across the state, led by NMCounts 2020 and ICountNM, are participating in a statewide Census Day of Action on Monday, September 14. On that day, counties, nonprofits, businesses and everyday residents will be encouraging people in their community to complete their 2020 Census. The goal is to reach every New Mexican and let them know that they can still participate in the once-in-a-decade count.
“By counting everyone living in New Mexico, we not only determine the strength of our voice in Congress, but also bring billions of federal resources into communities across the state,” said Allan Oliver, Executive Director of the Thornburg Foundation and Co-Chair of New Mexico Counts 2020. “Our families depend on our firefighters, teachers, nurses and childcare workers—all of whom depend on federal funding determined by the US census. We depend on them every day, but today they are counting on us—get counted.”
Anyone interested in participating in the Census Day of Action can access a full Census Ambassador Toolkit at www.icountnm.gov/resources.
Households have until September 30th to complete their Census. They can respond at my2020census.gov or by calling 1-844-330-2020. The U.S. Census Bureau is also conducting Nonresponse Followup and visiting households that have not yet responded through the end of September.
About NM Counts 2020 and iCount New Mexico
New Mexico Counts 2020 is a statewide campaign supported by a collaborative of state and national philanthropic organizations to help ensure that all New Mexicans are counted in the 2020 Census, especially in the most hard-to-count communities. For more information, go to www.nmcounts2020.org
ICount New Mexico is the public awareness campaign of the State Complete Count Commission formed by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham to enhance federal efforts for a fair and complete count in the 2020 Census. For more information, go to www.icountnm.gov