De Blasio Urges New Yorkers to Fill Out 2020 Census and Register to Vote

De Blasio Urges New Yorkers to Fill Out 2020 Census and Register to Vote

Election Day and the 2020 census deadline are both less than 100 days away. On Wednesday in a press conference, Mayor Bill de Blasio said he encourages every New Yorker to fill out the form and register to vote. 

The 2020 census was originally sent out in March in order to be able to count every person living in the United States. Based on the information it provides, neighborhoods will receive funding for schools, hospitals, fire departments, and businesses. It will also ensure public services and establish the number of seats your state is allotted in the House of Representatives.

De Blasio clearly stressed that the census matters because "it determines how much federal funding we get, it determines whether we are going to be able to have the kind of mass transit we need, the kind of education for our kids we need. Let alone, it determines how much representation we get in Congress." 

Census Director Julie Menin believes that had more New Yorkers filled out the 2010 census, part of the extreme effect the coronavirus had on New York could have been prevented. 

She stated in a report that "COVID is perhaps the starkest reminder about why the census matters," if more people had provided it, we would have had more data and more money for health centers and Medicaid.

With the upcoming November election, it is important to register to vote as the winning candidate on either end will drastically shape the future of the United States.

Credit: Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office.

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