League of Women Voters: Let's talk census

Learn why the census is important and how you can help

CLARION How do we increase census participation in Clarion County? Why is it important to have a complete census count? How do you apply for jobs taking the census?

Those are the questions the League of Women Voters of Clarion County will be investigating at a public meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at the Main Street Center, 520 Main Street, Clarion.

The purpose of the meeting is to explore ways to improve census participation. A valid census count is important, as federal funding for many programs is based on area population.

Each uncounted Clarion County resident will cost our state about $2,100 in lost federal funding. In addition census count is vital for determining legislative representation.

Dwayne Lehman from the U.S. Census Bureau, Clarion County Commissioner Ed Heasley, and Clarion County Census Administrator Brett Whitling will be attending the meeting.

Issues that may be discussed at the meeting consist of generating interest in the census, dispelling any idea material gathered by census would be used for other government agencies to identify specific citizens, and how to generate interest in applying for jobs taking the census.

Having adequate employees to reach out to those hard to survey areas is particularly important. Clarion County has at least one of those hard to survey areas.

The online site Response Outreach Area Mapper identifies low response areas. Learning about hard-to-survey areas allows the U.S. Census Bureau and local Census Complete Count Committee to tailor local campaigns.

The census solutions workshop will be talking about tailoring the local census campaign to overcome issues such as lack of internet, lack of direct mailing address for example addresses limited to post office box, student and part-year residents identifying Clarion as their legal residence, and distrust of use of census material.

Please join the League of Women Voters of Clarion County on Tuesday, Sept. 17, for this informative program which is designed to reach out to Clarion County citizens.

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting democracy in America and raising awareness of the need for greater citizen participation in the democratic process.

For more information about the League of Women Voters, contact the League of Women Voters of Clarion by email at lwvcco@gmail.com, visit the web site at http://www.palwv.org/clarion, the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LWVClarionCounty or write to the League at P.O. Box 108, Clarion, Pa. 16214.