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7/7/10

Census Bureau to update progress on 2010 count

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

By Ben Lawson  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The director of the U.S. Census Bureau will update their progress Wednesday afternoon. It comes as workers start to wrap up their door-to-door operations.

The door-to-door phase ends Saturday, but crews still have more work to do. Quality assurance continues through September 3rd.  That means folks may receive a call at home to clarify answers.

Also, crews will head out again to double check that homes found vacant the first time around really have no one living in them, and they'll check certain addresses to make sure they really exist. For instance, if someone sent in a form with an address that doesn't have a corresponded census ID number.

The count has to be finished by December 31st. That's when the bureau has to deliver the report to the President. The numbers are used to determine how many representatives each state will have in congress.

Lubbock County's participation in the census is one percent above the national average of 72%. The state as whole though is below the national average at 69%. Garza County has the highest participation rate in our area at 76%. Baylor County, that's where Seymour is along U.S. Highway 82 going toward Wichita Falls, has the highest rate at 81%.

In March of next year, a more detailed report will be released and used for state re-districting, and law makers say accurate numbers a vital to our area to receive fair representation.

(Click Here) to watch the update live online.  It starts Wednesday at 12:00 p.m.

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