WiCount 2020

Wisconsin's 2020 Census website.

Wisconsin’s effort to count everyone in the state means there is a new 2020 Census website, which was announced Tuesday by Gov. Tony Evers.

"It's about that time again," Evers says on a video linked on the page. "We have a chance to participate in our national census. And holy mackerel is that important."

Evers said the 2020 Census will decide where and how $600 billion in federal money will be spent. The census will also decide how Wisconsin's political map is drawn. 

"It's more than just a headcount," Evers said. "It's about visibility, voice and value."

Lt Gov. Mandela Barnes went further during a stop in late October aimed at getting people to answer census questions. 

"In a state that deals with both the legacy and present-day racism along with disparities between our rural and urban communities, we have to take all the necessary steps to make sure everybody among us has a voice," Barnes said.

Gov. Evers said the new website will have answers to questions and educational information for certain communities in Wisconsin.

"When you respond to the census, you make sure you have input in Madison and Washington D.C.," Evers explains in the WICount video. 

The governor has said in the past he wants to count everyone in Wisconsin, whether they are in this country legally or not. 

 

Staff Reporter

An industry veteran with two decades of experience in media, Benjamin Yount reports on Illinois and Wisconsin statewide issues for The Center Square.