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Urban League pushing voter registration and census participation


The Urban League of Rochester is holding a city-wide “Make Black Count Day” on Sunday, to encourage people to register to vote and complete the 2020 Census.  

“This opportunity only comes up every ten years for us to be able to make ourselves count, make Rochester count, so that many organizations in our area including the Urban League continue to receive the federal dollars that support our most at-risk population,” the Urban League’sRivera-Bloodworth said.

About 50 percent of Rochester residents have responded to the 2020 Census, 11 percentage points fewer than the final Census count in 2010.

“This actually puts us on a list we don’t want to be on, a list of the worst response rates in the country,” said Rivera-Bloodworth

Jim Malatras with the New York State Complete Count Commission has said that if there is an undercount in the census, New York state could lose up to two seats in Congress. It could also jeopardize $880 billion in federal funding for education, transportation infrastructure, and health care. 

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Noelle E. C. Evans is WXXI's Murrow Award-winning Education reporter/producer.