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Volunteers continue push to 50K census count

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Submitted Photo Marcos Nava and his son, Marc Nava, a Brigham Young University college student home during the academic recess, set up a booth on the lawn of the Chaves County Courthouse Saturday to encourage residents to complete the census by mail, phone or online as soon as possible and no later than Oct. 31.

Local census volunteers pitched a tent next to the UFO Festival and Roswell Galacticon sites along downtown Main Street Saturday to get more county residents to fill out their surveys.

“We are right at 60%. We still need 8% to reach the level we had in 2010. I project that we need 75% to get around 50,000,” says Marcos Nava, head of the Roswell Complete Count Committee and executive director of the Roswell Hispano Chamber of Commerce.

For each 1% undercount in Chaves County for 2020, it is estimated that the county will lose $19.28 million in federal funds, according to a state census website.

Nava says local volunteers are now visiting apartment complexes and other multi-residence units to get the word to people. All U.S. residents are required by law to fill out a survey. In-person help also has resumed at many locations in the county, including three Chaves County JOY centers, Roswell and Dexter libraries, some Roswell schools, the Roswell Hispano Chamber of Commerce and the Chaves County Planning and Zoning Department.

More information is available at www.roswellhcc.net.

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