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LISTEN: 2020 Census: Challenges face counters in Arkansas

by NWA Democrat-Gazette | August 7, 2020 at 11:02 a.m.
Chelsie Luckett uses a smartphone Tuesday Aug. 4, 2020 in Little Rock to log onto a census app during a training class for door-to-door census takers in Pulaski County. About 300 people will be trained this week and will be canvassing and knocking on doors through October. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/Staton Breidenthal)

The U.S. Census Bureau is working to wrap up its 2020 head count by the end of September. But there are multiple difficulties facing the operation, especially when it comes to counting minorities and immigrants.

Ahead of his story to be published in the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette this weekend, reporter Doug Thompson speaks with Brad Cameron, Jeff Hawkins, Mireya Reith and Celina Reyes about the challenge facing the country's first online census and its implications for Arkansans.

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Brad Cameron is the communications chairman for the Arkansas Counts statewide committee, a nonprofit group encouraging and coordinating census participation statewide.

Jeff Hawkins is the executive director of the Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission.

Mireya Reith is the executive director of Arkansas United, a nonprofit advocacy group for immigrants. The group has made a priority of getting immigrants and other hard-to-count groups to participate in the census.

Celina Reyes is a program assistant for Arkansas United responsible for coordinating the group's census efforts.


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