U.S. Census Bureau staff watch as Joe Dorman, the chief executive officer of the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA), gives an interview during last week’s “Census Sprint to the Finish” event at the State Capitol. Organized by OICA, the event was designed to boost registrations and awareness of the upcoming Census deadline of Sept. 30; a federal court this week ordered an extension of the counting deadline to Oct. 31, and OICA intends to use the extra month to boost registration of traditionally undercounted groups including small children, Native Americans, and other people of color.
Census deadline extended
The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) applauded a federal court decision that ordered the extension of the Census deadline to the original October 31 date.
“This is great news for those of us fighting to ensure a full count of Oklahoma’s citizens,” said Joe Dorman, OICA’s chief executive officer. “That extra month will make a huge difference, especially as we work to ensure historically undercounted groups – including children age zero-to-five, which is one of the hardest-to-count groups, Native Americans and other people of color.
“We at OICA will continue to aggressively work with our Census partners to boost the counts across Oklahoma.”
Oklahoma’s current response rate is an anemic 60.5 percent self-response rate, ranking the state 41st in the nation. The nation’s best state for self-response is Minnesota with a 74.7 percent self-response, and Oklahoma even trails Texas, which has a 62.0 percent self-response rate. In 2010, Oklahoma had a 62.3 percent self-response rate; response rates nationwide have been lagging during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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