INTERNET & THE CENSUS 2020...
The 2020 Census will be the first time US residents will be allowed to self-respond using the internet to go online and submit responses. Using more up to date resources throughout the nation to digitally collect information about the US population is prudent and cost-effective, if encouraged and followed through on by those assisting with the count. Linking digital literacy and census preparation also makes sense, since this is the nation's first digital collection of information about the US population.
The question is, statistically, is the percentage number of people in the state of Michigan around the estimate that went uncounted in the 2010 Census? This might have been the case as the roughly estimated equivalent number of Michigan residents who didn’t have access to high-speed internet connections in their homes may have been demonstrated to be those same number values that may not have been counted in 2010 in Michigan.
It is estimated in the city of Detroit alone, that somewhere between 26,000 and 27,000 households in that city did not respond to the 2010 U.S. Census, and, therefore, were not counted according to Detroit officials. Detroit is determined to avoid a repeat performance of the last Census count by turning to data-driven methodologies, improved technology in the field, and other tech-based efforts to achieve a more accurate count of Detroit residents in the upcoming 2020 Census, according to Ms. Victoria Kovari, the city of Detroit's 2020 Census campaign Executive Director.
In Lansing, various government agencies, businesses, non-profits and individuals will be getting more involved in the 2020 Census. Closing The Digital Gap, a 501c3 non profit that works to ensure Michigan residents have access to technology and the skills to use it, is slated to receive funding to assist in the 2020 Census Michigan count for the tri-county area of Ingham, Eaton, and Ingham. The board chair, Angela Pruitt, stated that with more ways to respond to this decennial Census, especially digitally, it will be very important to assist on various technology equipment or identify locations that residents may go to in order to complete their Census online, if they choose to self-respond using technology. Being digitally literate will be a factor in whether a resident will go online and submit their answers to the 2020 Census questions, therefore, the digital divide may be a major factor this time around more than ever in the count and its accuracy. Closing The Digital Gap provided in the past some assistance with the 2010 Census, as well, however during 2010 there was no online way to respond. Also, United Way, Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA), and One Love Global, Voices de la Comumidad, along with several others have received the call and funding to get involved in Census 2020 to ensure hard to count residents locally in tri-county area are provided outreach and educational support services regarding the importance of the Census and encourage maximum participation or accuracy.
Look for more information monthly, to follow regarding the topic of the Census in 2020. The Chronicle News is committed to a complete Michigan count and will be working with Closing The Digital Gap and other organizations to get the word out to encourage participation in the 2020 Census to ensure everyone is counted in Michigan.