Loudoun County Complete County Census

On April 1, the Loudoun County Complete Count Committee kicked off local efforts to help make sure everyone living in Loudoun is counted in the upcoming 2020 U.S. Census during an inaugural meeting.

Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Phyllis Randall said she was pleased following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision that blocks a citizenship question on the 2020 U.S. Census questionnaire.

Officials with the Loudoun County Complete Count Committee said they perceived the question as a barrier to its efforts to make sure that everyone living in Loudoun County is counted in next year’s census.

“I am pleased with the high court’s decision – a census with no citizenship question continues a precedent set in 2010 and will make our residents more comfortable participating in the census,” Randall (D), who chairs the Loudoun County Complete Count Committee, said in a prepared statement. “It is so important that every Loudoun resident is counted so that their voice is heard and the community is represented. The census affects the county in many ways, from the amount of federal funding we receive to how our legislative districts are determined.”

The Supreme Court’s opinion does not fully resolve the issue, according to county officials. It notes that the U.S. Department of Commerce did not adequately justify the inclusion of a question about immigration and ordered the case to be reconsidered by the lower court.

“I recognize that this is not a done deal and that the process is continuing, but it is an important step forward,” Randall said.

The Complete Count Committee emphasizes that census responses are confidential. Federal law prohibits data collected in the census from being shared with other federal agencies. The local committee is working to reach out to groups in Loudoun who have historically been under-counted or not responded, such as ethnic or minority populations, immigrants, renters and low-income households. Members of the committee represent various sectors of the community, including representatives of the Loudoun County government, education, business, community groups, faith-based organizations, homeowners associations and regional associations.

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors established the Complete Count Committee to raise awareness about the 2020 Census and to help increase the response rate to the census questionnaire.

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that for every Virginian who is not counted, the state or region loses $2,000 per year for 10 years in federal assistance program allocations. Loudoun officials say the county stands to benefit from more than $30 million in federal funding for education, health care and public safety programs over the next decade.

The U.S. Constitution requires that a census of the country’s population be taken every 10 years. In 2020, the census will be conducted online and by phone as well as the traditional mail response.

More information about the census and the Loudoun County Complete Count Committee is online at Loudoun.gov/2020Census.

(17) comments

WellIsntThatSpecial

I fear that some people don't earn $100 per hour will lead them to rob banks, so I propose we make bank robbery legal. I mean, its just not fair these poor souls don't have everything they need handed to them for free.

TomPaine

Once again Conservatives are supporting things not in their best interest. If the question is on there it's far more likely that some people will not participate. That means the population gets under counted and then we get less federal or state money. But the thing is, people just don't stop existing if they aren't counted. So now your taxes GO UP to cover the need/lack of funds. Compared to the rest of the state, Loudoun has more people in this situation to count and we'd lose out big time. But by all means, let the LTM cesspool of racism keep stirring. Some people never learn.

Chris McHale

Tom Paine - I agree with you 100%. Now what is your position on Sanctuary Cities?

ace10

Wait. So you think the "federal or state money" comes from somewhere other than taxpayers? This is magical thinking at its very best.

BobOhneiserEsq

It is a shame that elected officials don't have a minimum knowledge threshold to meet before running. This is more evidence that being just a politician is dangerous. Federal assistance programs are know to be seriously underfunded! When I was on the school board we used to get regular reports on how much MORE it cost to facilitate federal mandates than the federal contributions were as just one example. If people like the current chairwoman got their way and the doorway to citizenship and full medicare coverage was widened the need for Visa's would disappear and most of Somalia, Yemen, Ukraine and many other third world plus ebola diseased hot spots around the world would empty out and show up for the free medical care and the free ride our forefathers and brothers in places like Arlington Cemetery paid for. Being so short sighted is a disease that needs to be eradicated from elected office. Vote on November 5th!

jke

Will Mayor Burk have a National Deportation Month proclamation?

Chris McHale

I personally don't think I should have to identify my citizens ship just to sit in my house. With that said. I should have to prove I'm here legally if I want to vote, get a driver's license, work and of course if I get arrested. I hope Leesburg police, LCSO and Virginia DMV, and the department of elections agree with me.

RoundHillGuy

Leesburg Police could care less about the throngs of illegal day workers that Loiter in front of the 7-11 on a daily basis. Leesburg Police turn a blind eye to this every day. What's Ironic is they will pull over and issue a traffic violation in full view of the 20 or so illegal day workers proving that they hold us to a different standard. Loitering is a crime btw, so is illegal entry into this Country. Please tell me which Laws I'm allowed to break so I can tell the Leesburg Police that I'm choosing not to comply with that Law.

Chris McHale

"The Loudoun County Complete Count Committee" - WHO???????????

ace10

Sure, go ahead and count the illegals. Then send them back from whence they came. If they want to be here, the greatest country on earth, then they can get in line and do it via the lawful manner. Legal immigration is a tremendous asset to this nation and its people. But history tells us that those nations who don't protect their borders are doomed. People who would suggest otherwise are enemies of this country and its citizens.

RoundHill_also

Such a tough stance...glad someone didn't apply that stance to your ancestors, I'm sure they just showed up and took what they wanted Ace. Immigration bureaucracy has been engineered to keep legal immigration low, and business can extract a much better profit off people who have to work around the system and have no rights...you like your 2.99 lettuce at the grocery store? Thank an 'illegal'. Please tell us which country in history was brought to its knees by people seeking a better place to build a life for themselves and their children? I think the enemies of our country are really the folks who have traded their empathy for fear, and their facts for propaganda.

ace10

You have no facts. Only emotions. The United States is granting residence status to more legal immigrants currently and over the past decade than at any time in our history. There's a process. Invading our country by crossing the border without permission is unlawful and must be treated as such. I have no problem paying market prices for good and services. Perhaps you're the one addicted to cheap stuff like your lettuce and all the suffering which comes with the illegal immigrants' trip to this nation's border. Build a wall. Send the illegals back. THEN reform the system if that's what this citizens of this country want to do. No amnesty. Ever.

More Cowbell

Over 30 million illegals in the US. Most being paid under the table, so 100s of Billions lost in income taxes. Put a strain on public school, heathcare and even crime. They overcrowd apartments/condos/houses with 10-20 extra people living in space for 2-5.

MaryMcDonald

dello

Loudoun4Trump

only citizens should be counted in the US Census for representation and voting purposes....if non citizens are voting and getting public assistance (which Im sure is happening), but when that tilt happens time to starve the tyrants and stop sending in taxes....not sure the big deal on the question, I hope the include gender neutral and a category for transgender citizens or non, and any other demographic the democrats can use to divide everyone....not a good sin for US citizenship, it obviously means nothing at all to this group....

RoundHill_also

You do like the Constitution, don't you? Because the Constitution says 'every person'....see, you can't pick and choose. Or as people love to tell me - 'If you dont like it propose a constitutional amendment and change it!' (good luck with that) Also, you've managed to argue for dividing people (citizen vs. non-citizen) and then criticize dividing people (by gender) in the same comment...impressive mental gymnastics.

LoCo Bob

Why can't the Census have a question that EVERY Person answers... Are you a U.S. Citizen!?!?!

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