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Both take a few minutes and both will make sure you’re counted on Census Day 2020 while simultaneously adhering to social distancing rules in place during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Camden County Freeholder Carmen Rodriguez, who has led census efforts locally, called the trying times brought on by the pandemic “a crash course” on the importance of assuring the Garden State, and all its municipalities, are provided the correct amount of emergency needs. 

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Census data “is used to determine the population of cities and towns in coronavirus models, to decide the amount of resources our hospitals will receive, and it dictates the funding given to schools that have had to rapidly adapt to this new reality,” Rodriguez said.

Information collected from the census impacts how $675 billion in annual funds are allocated statewide. It also helps determine funds for education, public health and transportation improvements. 

Businesses also refer to the data when considering where to open new locations.

“We need to make sure everyone in our community is counted so that we get the appropriate level of resources to respond to challenges like the one we are facing today,” Rodriguez said. “The census is safe, it’s easy, and it is extremely important.” 

The census can also be filled out by mail.

By NJ law, census data also has implications for the number of voting seats a state gets in the House of Representatives and the electoral college.

“The 2020 Census will shape the future of New Jersey, and it will take many hands in every community across the state working together to make it a success,” said Acting Governor Sheila Oliver. “Governor Murphy and I are proud that for the first time, New Jersey will dedicate the necessary resources through the Complete Count Commission to ensure that each and every resident of our state is counted fairly and accurately.”

State officials said Camden community members will have a chance to voice their feedback on the 2020 Census during a public meeting scheduled for April 24. More details on the meeting are to be announced.

Read an interview TAPinto Camden conducted with Freeholder Rodriguez on Census 2020 by clicking here

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