The upcoming 2020 US Census is an area of critical concern for New Mexico.
The LWVNM has made the 2020 census a priority: we will be trying to assist New Mexico's count with education and outreach.
The Albuquerque Journal points out that counting every resident of New Mexico in the 2020 census is critically important, because New Mexico could lose $750 million over 10 years for every 1 percent undercount: Census accuracy crucial to NM’s federal funding.
New Mexico was undercounted by nearly 2 percent in the 2000 Census and had the second lowest response rate in the country during the 2010 Census.
Undercounting may be an even bigger problem in 2020, because 2020 is the first year the Census will be conducted primarily online; this could be a challenge for rural New Mexico communities with poor or no internet access. There is also concern about the proposed citizenship question.
Fortunately, Governor Lujan has signed Executive Order 2019-007, establishing the New Mexico 2020 Complete Count Commission, to begin to address these issues.
New Mexico will have two census offices, in Albuquerque and Las Cruces. Farmington and San Juan County will be supported by the Window Rock, AZ office.