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City of Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Census 2020 Complete Count Committee

Information about the City of Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Complete Count Committee.

Bernalillo County and the City of Albuquerque have strategized and worked together to achieve a broader base of support amongst hard to count communities. Bernalillo County has conducted local media outreach with several community-based organizations in Albuquerque. These outreach efforts have been directly supported and overseen by the Bernalillo County/City of Albuquerque Complete Count Committee. The County’s messaging incorporates and presents educational components that highlight the critical need to increase Census response rates that determine how federal dollars are allocated for future local social service programs.

The City of Albuquerque is supporting community organizations with document translation and by developing Census messaging strategies for hard to count communities which include Urban Native, African American, Immigrant and Refugee populations.

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, census outreach strategies have temporarily pivoted from social gatherings and door to door canvassing to online and phone banking efforts. Digital and social media have been powerful platforms in furthering the effort to educate the public about the importance of responding to the census, The Census Bureau has also adjusted the census response timeline by extending deadlines for self-response, group quarters(enumerators), update leave, and field operations as well.

The State of New Mexico ranks high among states in the nation with hard to count populations. This continues to disenfranchise and marginalize many of our communities. Increasing New Mexico’s response rate to the 2020 Census is an opportunity to make our voices count and mobilize for civic engagement and policy change. The Bernalillo County/City of Albuquerque Complete Count Committee urges you to respond to the 2020 Census today to ensure that our voices heard!

Why is a Complete Count Committee important?

The United States Constitution requires that every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau count every person in the nation. A complete and accurate count of our population is essential because this count is used to distribute billions of dollars in federal funds to Albuquerque and Bernalillo County. Bernalillo county’s population is estimated to be composed of 678,701 people. The city and county stand to lose $5,000 per uncounted person per year, which translates to $50,000 for one person over the 10-year census period. This means that we could lose approximately 33 billion dollars over the course of the decade by not completing the census. The Census count also determines the boundaries and number of political representatives allocated to communities in the U.S. House of Representatives, the New Mexico State Legislature, and a number of other elected bodies.

Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Complete Count Committee

If you have questions about the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Census 2020 Complete Count Committee, please contact Bernadette Miera at [email protected].

The Albuquerque City Council and Bernalillo County Commission established the Census 2020 Complete Count Committee by resolution to promote Census 2020 Census awareness and participation. Each body appropriated $100,000 to the effort to supplement funds allocated by the State of New Mexico Legislature.

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Upcoming Meetings

View upcoming meetings of the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Census 2020 Complete Count Committee.

Meeting Agendas & Minutes

July 14, 2020

June 30, 2020

June 16, 2020

May 5, 2020

April 21, 2020

April 14, 2020

March 31, 2020

March 17, 2020

Feb. 25, 2020

Jan. 29, 2020

Jan. 14, 2020

Nov. 19, 2019

Oct. 22, 2019

Aug. 20, 2019

July 23, 2019

June 18, 2019

May 21, 2019