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Be counted: Complete the census

This month communities throughout Nolin RECC’s service area will be displaying red, white and blue in observance of our nation’s Independence Day. We will express patriotism by honoring our military—those who have fought and died for our freedom. We may even celebrate with fireworks and barbecues. This year, I urge every member of the cooperative to add one other act to this list: completing the 2020 Census.

Article 1, Section 2 of the United States Constitution requires an accurate count of all residents every 10 years. Since 1790, the census has ensured that communities like ours are fairly represented in government. It’s our civic responsibility to step forward and say “I COUNT!”

The number of seats Kentucky holds in the House of Representatives depends entirely on census results. Also, the more people in our area who are counted, the more money our local communities can receive from census-guided federal funding.

Census responses are confidential and protected by law. You’ll be asked to tally the number of people in your household and record basic information such as age, sex and race. The survey does not question any individual’s citizenship or ask for social security or financial information.

Participating in the 2020 census is simple and takes 10 minutes or less. You can respond online at 2020census.gov. You can also call (844) 330-2020 to be counted. Or, you can complete and return the paper questionnaire mailed to you.

Caring for the community is fundamental to the way Nolin RECC does business. It’s the reason I’m urging every co-op member to stand up and be counted in the census.

The 2020 Census is important, safe and easy. Declare July 4 as your day to be counted, and then inspire others to do the same. It’s our patriotic duty.

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