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Governor Ducey urges Arizonans to complete census survey

Posted at 5:18 PM, Sep 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-17 22:38:33-04

PHOENIX — With less than two weeks until the federal deadline, Governor Doug Ducey is urging Arizonans to complete the US Census.

As of Wednesday, Arizona was nearing 90 percent census completion.

"Arizona, as of our statistics as of yesterday, had reached 88.9 percent completion," said Steven Dillingham, US Census Director. "And we think that by today, if not today, then certainly by tomorrow, 90 percent of all the households in Arizona will be counted."

Governor Ducey said that federal help has already arrived in Arizona to help service harder to reach communities.

"450 federal employees parachuted into Arizona over the last several days and are fanning out across the state to help us complete the effort," said Governor Ducey. "It’s completion is the civic responsibility of every household in the country."

Last week, President Donald Trump's effort to block the counting of undocumented citizens was blocked by a New York Federal Court. According to Pew Research, Arizona was home to an estimated 275,000 undocumented people in 2016.

Governor Ducey said that everyone would be counted, including undocumented citizens.

In 2016, Arizona received $20.6 billion dollars in federal funding based on 2010 Census data. For 2020, Arizona has not only federal funding, but a congressional seat on the line. Since Arizona's population grew by nearly one million people in the last decade, the state is one of seven across the country projected to gain a US Congressional seat.