To the Editor:

As of this publication date, only 15 days remain for Beaufort County citizens to be counted in the 2020 Census. The Census is our government’s way of determining how billions of federal dollars go to communities for the next 10 years.

Results also determine how many seats in Congress each state gets, and money for special education, teachers, and early childhood programs. High Census results pay for highway planning and construction, and grants for buses – something sorely needed in our county; and those funds will provide money to protect our environment, prevent child abuse, provide hurricane assistance, and housing assistance for older adults – perhaps your parents, grandparents, or you.

As of Aug. 26, the national response rate was 64.6%; in Minnesota, nearly 75% of its residents have completed the Census. But for South Carolina, it was a dismal 58.5%. Just 47.50% of Beaufort County residents had completed it, placing our county 36 among our state’s 43 counties. That means other communities will get the benefits of higher completions, and we will not. Nearly $13 billion is on the line.

Get everyone you know to complete the Census. Go to my2020Census.gov before it’s too late! Fill out the Census online, using any of 39 languages, or you can call these phone numbers: 844-330-2020 for English and 844-468-2020 for Spanish.

Patricia Felton-Montgomery

President

League of Women Voters

of Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Area