Cherokee County and the city of Waleska are making a final push to encourage residents to complete the 2020 Census as the Sept. 30 deadline approaches.

As census workers are currently going door to door throughout the county, the Census Bureau’s Mobile Questionnaire Assistance program will be setting up in Waleska to assist in collecting census data in the coming days.

Census workers with the MQA program will be set up in Waleska at the Waleska Farmers Market at 8891 Fincher Road every Thursday in September from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Accurate census counts are critical to the community’s future by determining federal representation and how state and federal monies are allocated. Currently, only 64% of Cherokee County households and 39% of City of Waleska households have filled out their census forms, lower than the national average response rate. The City of Holly Springs boasts a response rate of 62%, followed by Ball Ground at 61%, Woodstock at 59% and Canton at 57%.

“The city of Waleska continues to work to ensure our community is counted in the census,” Waleska Mayor Mary Helen Lamb said. “The census is important, safe and easy. There are only nine questions, and it takes 10 minutes to complete.”

The U.S. Census Bureau recently started field activities in Cherokee County and has kicked off efforts to provide direct assistance for responding to the 2020 census. The MQA program is part of the agency’s final push to encourage people to complete the census, in addition to the door-to-door efforts at non-responsive households. At MQA events, census response representatives will help people complete the census on a provided tablet or on their own device and can assist with any questions. This assistance will be offered with social distancing protocols in place, which census workers have been trained in, along with being issued personal protective equipment such as masks to be worn during MQA support. During all outreach efforts, staff are identified with an ID badge with their name, photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark seal and an expiration date. All MQA locations will have banners bearing the 2020 Census logo.

In addition to these events, residents can continue to respond to the census online at www.2020census.gov, or by phone at 844-330-2020.

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