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Dear friends and colleagues,
Yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled that the Census Bureau may cut short its efforts to count the whole nation. Late yesterday, the Census Bureau announced that their once-every-ten-year head count will end tomorrow, October 15th.i
Louisiana is dead last in response rate at 98.3 percent.ii While this response rate might sound high, 1.7 percent of Louisiana is roughly 79,000 people counted. That’s more than all of Kenner or Bossier City.
Louisiana receives roughly $24 billion per year through federal programs, ranging from Medicare to Pell Grants to Homeland Security.iii
Failing to count 1.7 percent of our population could mean an estimated $400 million fewer federal dollars each year, for the next 10 years.
Please respond to the Census today, online at, or by calling 844-330-2020. In case you can’t remember whether you responded or not, play it safe and respond. The Census Bureau will eliminate duplicates on the back end.
And share this urgent information with everyone you can:
  • Paper Census forms must be postmarked by Oct 15, 2020.
  • Census phone lines (in 14 languages) will take responses until 10:00pm Eastern Standard Time on October 15.
  • Online responses will be received via until midnight Hawaii Time on Oct 15th—that’s 5:00am Central Standard Time on Oct 16, 2020.

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The Data Center Team
Arthur Rymer, Katrina Andry, Erica Amrine, Allison Plyer, Dabne Whitemore, Jenna Losh, Don Asay, Robby Habans, Lamar Gardere, Cody Brumfield, Amy Teller, Rachel Weinstein, and Ellen Kujawa
i. U.S. Census Bureau. Oct 13, 2020. “Census Bureau Statement on 2020 Census Data Collection Ending”

ii. U.S. Census Bureau. Oct 13, 2020. “Total Response Rates by State”

iii. George Washington University. April 2020. “Counting for Dollars 2020: The Role of the Decennial Census in the Geographic Distribution of Federal Funds”
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