The Census Bureau announced recently that it is shortening by a month the time allotted for in-person follow-up to count people who have not filled out their census forms. This decision comes despite a national self-response rate to date of only 63.3%. Almost four in 10 households nationwide have not yet been counted, though only about three in 10 in Nebraska.
The consequences of people not being counted in the 2020 Census are tangible and substantial. Representation in Congress, state legislative districts, and $1.5 trillion in federal funding are all apportioned based on the Census.