Census Deadline Extended; Oklahoma Still Lagging Behind Other States In Response

Friday, September 25th 2020, 6:28 pm
By: Caleigh Bourgeois

Thanks to a federal judge's decision released late Thursday, the census deadline has been extended to October 31.

Local groups like the Urban League and League of Women Voters said this is a victory for Oklahomans.

However, the state has a long way to go.

Census officials confirm Oklahoma is still ranked 41st in the nation when it comes to 2020 census response.

Low response rates limit the amount of money the state receives from the federal government to help families.

“The census informs how trillions of dollars are spent in our state including important programs like SNAP and TANF. Also, the Childcare Development Block Grant, which helps our low-income families find high quality child care in their area,” Casey White with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services said.

The census can be completed at okletscount.org.

In-person events will also be held this weekend.

“Interested families who are going to be seeing our Thunder tomorrow can also visit one of their voter registration drives in order to go ahead and be counted. We'll have some census folks there to take their information. You can also visit some select local Supermarcados Morelos stores around Oklahoma City and Tulsa and also ensure that your family is counted,” White said.