RACINE — In response to the decision to finish collecting census data on Sept. 30, Mayor Cory Mason released a statement voicing concern that tracts within the City of Racine could be undercounted, affecting the resources made available.
"An inaccurate count will negatively impact communities that have historically been the most undercounted, including racial and ethnic minorities, tenants, veterans, the homeless, and households who lack reliable internet access," Mason stated. "Door-to-door census efforts are often what’s needed to accurately reach and count those residents."
Door-to-door outreach, which was initially scheduled to start in April, was delayed due to the outbreak of COVID-19. "Enumerators," better known as census takers, started working in Racine County on July 30.
Overall, Racine County's response rate to the census is higher than average for Wisconsin. In fact, in the City of Racine, some tracts have already exceeded their 2010 count. But some tracts, which in 2010 received responses in the low-50th percentile, as of Aug. 12 still had responses in the 40th-percentile.
MT Boyle, the Racine County official who leads the Racine County Complete Count Committee, said the committee is already focusing on reaching out to those low-response tracts.
"We’re just going to work like hell to get as many people counted as possible," Boyle said.
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