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Getting a complete count: State reps in Amherst Thursday for census conversation

  • Amherst Town Hall FILE PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 10/7/2019 12:56:35 PM

AMHERST — Two state representatives who are at the forefront of making sure everyone in Massachusetts is counted during the 2020 census will have a discussion with the community on Thursday afternoon.

The Amherst “10/10 for 2020 Census: Complete Count Conversation” will be held at Town Room at Town Hall from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

State Reps. Mindy Domb, D-Amherst, who is part of the town’s Complete Count Committee, and Paul W. Mark, D-Peru, who chairs the House Committee on Redistricting, will continue what began when the Complete Count Committee met for the first time Sept. 16, identifying obstacles to an accurate tally in town.

Based on Boston Indicators, a research center at the Boston Foundation, and using City University of New York data, 70.2 percent of Amherst’s population is deemed “hard to count,” making it the ninth hardest community in Massachusetts to get an accurate number of people in the community.

Brianna Sunryd, communications manager for the town, said the discussion Thursday is part of an effort to make sure everyone is counted, along with reaching out to organizations, businesses, faith leaders and individuals in the community to help spread information about the census and encourage residents to respond.

The census is used for both redistricting and federal funding, with an estimated $2,372 per person per year.

The Complete Count Committee is expected to hold more events as the calendar gets closer to April 1, 2020, or Census Day.

Scott Merzbach can be reached at smerzbach@gazettenet.com.


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