SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Events are taking place across the country this week to encourage people to fill out the Census.
Census staff began a door-to-door headcount of all Massachusetts residents who haven’t responded yet. Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin kicked off the door to door headcount with Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno at 11 a.m. on Thursday.
“We need to make sure we get our fair share of that money. Western Mass. has been short-changed before. We lost a seat in Congress last time out, we don’t want to be short-changed again. I’m committed to making sure that western Mass. is not short-changed this census. That’s why I’ve come here to make sure you realize how important this is. We’re behind, we’re not where we were the same point 10 years ago. We need to catch up and we need to do it fast.”William Galvin, Secretary of the Commonwealth
The deadline to submit your U.S. Census is Friday. If you haven’t returned your Census yet, you’ll likely be receiving one of these visits.
The Census is important because it determines representation in Washington, as well as how federal funding is distributed throughout states and communities.
Right now, Hampshire County leads western Massachusetts in terms of response rates at 71 percent.
If you’re interested in filling out the Census you can fill it out online here.