‘We’re Still Too Low’: South Florida Has Until 6 a.m. Friday to Fill Out the 2020 Census

“We’re asking everybody to go out there and, please, if you haven’t filled out the Census, we’re still too low. We’re in the 50 percent range,” said Mayor Francis Suarez in a video statement Thursday

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You have until early Friday morning to complete the 2020 Census if you haven’t done so yet, and local leaders are making one final push to encourage people who may have left it until the last minute.

The deadline is Oct. 15, 11:59 a.m. Hawaii time, which translates to 5:59 a.m for South Florida and the rest of the east coast.

For several weeks, officials have been reminding the public of how crucial the census is in determining where funds and political representation are granted.

“We’re asking everybody to go out there and, please, if you haven’t filled out the Census, we’re still too low. We’re in the 50 percent range,” said Mayor Francis Suarez in a video statement Thursday.

“We could lose tens of millions, if not hundreds of millions of dollars. Just this year alone, we lost $80 million that would have come to us directly from the federal government had our population been 30 thousand more than what it is.”

With local economies struggling as the coronavirus pandemic continues, federal funding has been a frequent topic of discussion across county and state governments in Florida.