MADISON, NJ - The Borough of Madison is believed to have suffered an undercount in the 2010 census. Therefore, the Borough of Madison in conjunction with Wind of Spirit and the US Census Bureau will be looking for ways to reach hard-to-count members of the Madison community as well as in Morris County and across the state.

The initiative of a united effort to "Get Out The Count" will be centered in Madison, said organizers.

Members of the community are invited to a meeting on Wednesday November 6 at 7pm. The meeting will take place at the Madison Community Arts Center, 10 Kings Road.

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With the Census 2020 right around the corner, organizers stated that if "we are all not counted, the entire state will suffer; the schools, roads, environment, healthcare, housing, food resources, social services and senior services. All resources depend on federal dollars". 

The New Jersey effort to reach hard to count populations is led by the NJ State Complete Count Commission and the U.S. Census Bureau. Wind of the Spirit, a US Census Bureau Complete Count Committee and member of the Census 2020 NJ Coalition Steering Committee, is spearheading Morris County efforts to identify and engage all hard to count communities–low-income households, Black and African-American, Asian and Latino and LGBTQ populations, immigrants, non-native English speakers, young children, seniors, renters, the disabled, veterans and the homeless.

According to organizers, a digital platform will be introduced to the census process in March 2020. This new system raises concerns about privacy, cyber security and universal access in the face of an increasing digital divide. Although a citizenship question will not be included, the lasting effects of that conversation and current events have caused nationwide distrust of government, and fears, unfounded or not, have grown exponentially nationwide, they stated.

Learn how you can help. Attend the meeting on Wednesday November 6, 2019 at 7pm.


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