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Today is the national reference point for the 2020 Census.  The national population count takes place every ten years, and this is the first in which most of the count is to be done online.  But, COVID-19 arrived and has muddied the process a bit.  Teresa Gillotti is director of the Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development.  She joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss local Census efforts and potential impacts in this latest edition of  "Census 2020."


Census 2020

Washtenaw County officials say the 2020 census is still moving along pretty much as planned, despite the coronavirus pandemic.


The 2020 Census is less than a month away, and there are still many things to consider.  Among them are properly completing a census form and how the final results will affect our community.  WEMU's David Fair explores this in detail with Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development director Teresa Gillotti and Engage @ EMU student coordinator Denise Jimenez in this month's installment of "Census 2020."


The final push is getting underway to make sure everyone in Washtenaw County is included in the upcoming population count.  It determines everything to Congressional district boundaries to the number of representatives Michigan sends to Congress to the amount of federal dollars that are dedicated to the county and its residents.  But there are barriers to full participation.  In this month’s "Census 2020," WEMU’s David Fair explores what’s being done to overcome the challenges with Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development communications and policy specialist Peter Lindeman and with Margaret Leary from the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area. 


Washtenaw County
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The 2020 Census will take place in just a few months.  In the meantime, residents of Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township may need to prepare for how the results may affect their respective communities.  Peter Lindeman, who is a communications and policy specialist for the Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development, discusses these potential challenges with WEMU's Lisa Barry and Concentrate Media's Sarah Rigg for this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi."


Getting a proper count in the upcoming census is not as simple as it sounds.  There are concerns about count accuracy in our elderly population and among college students.  Area Agency on Aging 1-B community organizer/project coordinator Melody Bryant and EMU assistant director of community relations and engagement Caroline Sanders join WEMU's David Fair for a conversation to clear up these confusions in this month's edition of "Census 2020."


League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area
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This week on "In the Public Interest," 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry speaks with the immediate past president of League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area, Sue Smith, about the process of redrawing Michigan's voting districts following the passage last fall of Proposal 2.


League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area
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This week on “In The Public Interest,” our bi-weekly conversation with the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area, 89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry talks with league member Margaret Leary about the upcoming 2020 census.