Pitt County 2020 Census Committee shares challenges ahead

PITT COUNTY, NC (WITN) - Committees throughout the state and Eastern Carolina are preparing to count every person in their counties. The Pitt County 2020 Census Committee shared challenges ahead and the controversy surrounding one question.

The U.S. Constitution requires a new count of the population every 10 years and the committees make sure that happens in all counties. In Pitt County, volunteers from around the area go to their communities to increase outreach

One volunteer, Juvencio Peralta, says he works hard to involve the Hispanic population.

Peralta is the executive director of the Association of Mexicans in North Carolina, also known as AMEXCAN.

Peralta says he needs to address the fear of the citizenship question to encourage those in his community to fill out the census.

"The citizen question is still going to be a challenge. I think it's gonna be based on the committee to educate the public about that we don't have to worry about the citizen, citizenship question. We have to do some extra work to convince people that the question is not gonna be reflected on the census application," said Peralta.

Pitt County Planning and Development Director James Rhodes thinks the diversity of the committee's representation will help the census to be more accurate.

Rhodes said, "We brought in a lot of different volunteers from around the community that are actually trying to reach some of the hard to count populations to make sure everyone is counted."

Peralta has the next few months to try to convince those who are worried.

The committee reminds everyone that their information will be protected and confidential.