For those who have not already filled out the 2020 census, state representatives are highly encouraging people to do so, especially in the 13th legislative district.

Senator Judy Warnick sent out a 2020 legislative update that included a small article titled “Be Counted!” The article stated that early data shows that less than 50 percent of people have reported for the census in District 13.

Every 10 years the government conducts a census to collect information of people living in the U.S. It gathers information such as how many people are living in each household, what type of housing they live in, and the age, sex and race of each household member. There is no citizenship question on the census.

This information helps the federal government make determinations on funding for over 100 programs such as Medicaid, transportation and education.

“The census isn’t just a headcount,” said Representative Alex Ybarra in an April 21 press release. “The current public health crisis spotlights why accurate data is invaluable. Responding helps our communities get its fair share of public funds for health care, educational programs, transportation, law enforcement, and many other public works. Everyone who can, should participate.”

Some consequences of not completing the census can be fewer resources and a possible loss of political representation, which lasts until the next census in 2030.

“The consequences of not getting our census forms in will be really detrimental to the communities in eastern Washington when it comes to all kinds of resources. This public-health crisis has shown we need them,” Warnick said.

“Without an accurate count or low count in our region, we run the risk of losing much-needed services and resources. We need folks to fill out their census so we can ensure critical resources will be available in the 13th District,” said State Representative Tom Dent.

According to the official census website, people can respond by phone, mail or online at https://2020census.gov/en.html.

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