HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The countdown is underway to wrap up the U.S. Census. Door-knockers for in-person interviews will now end September 30th according to a new report. Community leaders in Huntsville say it's important now more than ever to make sure every person is counted.
"Many people are actually realizing that the census has continued, because some people thought that it ended. So you have not missed your opportunity to participate in the census," says Coalition for Justice through Civic Engagement Chairperson, Dr. Tonya Perry.
The Coalition for Justice through Civic Engagement partnered with local groups 'No More Dirty', and 'Lift Our Vote' to make sure people like Brenna Bell, 20, completes the census and is registered to vote.
"It felt great and I'm excited to vote later...I saw everyone set up and I heard the music, and I wanted to come check it out and see what was going on," says Bell.
She also says it didn't take her long to complete both forms. "The process was super easy, and everyone here was very helpful."
Leaders say it's also important that local groups work together to reach more people. "It's just important that we have as many community-based organizations involved in this effort," says Ivy Center Foundation of Huntsville-Madison County President, Jeanette Jones.
They say it's important to get people counted, and registered to vote in light of the passing of civil rights leader and Rep. John Lewis.
"We believe that those are two of the most powerful means we have as citizens to participate and to truly count," added Perry.
The organizations will have another drive like this, next week on August 8th at the Walmart on Oakwood Ave and Jordan Lane.
To complete the census you can fill out a form online, by mail, or by phone at 844-330-2020.
To register to vote, click here.