County Official in Georgia Urges Extension of Census Reporting Deadlines

The chairman of the Henry County Commission in Georgia, June Wood, is urging the Georgia congressional delegation to “step in and pass legislation to extend” the 2020 Census data reporting deadlines “before the end of this term to protect Georgia and the rest of the country.”

Wood warned that census officials are not able “to verify and report results in this rushed timeline,” thanks to COVID-19. “The accuracy of these results is crucial to Georgia’s economy, as billions of dollars in federal funding is allocated based on Census results. In 2016 alone, Georgia received over $23.8 billion in census-based funding. If there is even a 1% undercount this year in Georgia, the state will lose over $75 million combined in just healthcare, education and job program funding.”

Georgia members of Congress should help extend census reporting deadline. By June Wood. The Georgia Recorder. December 11, 2020