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Tribes Push For Census Completion Despite Pandemic

Apr 10, 2020

Oklahoma’s tribes have spent the last decade to ensure their members are better counted by the U.S. census. But the coronavirus pandemic is making that harder. 


Shown is an envelope containing a 2020 census letter mailed to a U.S. resident, in Glenside, Pa., Thursday, March 19, 2020.
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Forty-one percent of households in Oklahoma have completed the nation’s first primarily digital census with one-third of surveys completed online since the count began last week.

As good as it may appear, that puts Oklahoma towards the bottom of the state response ranking.


Inaccurate 2020 Census Count Could Cost Oklahoma Millions Of Dollars

Oct 16, 2019
Donna Murray-Brown, president and CEO of the Michigan Nonprofit Association, spoke to members of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits on Friday about ways to increase participation in the 2020 census.
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The next U.S. Census begins early next year, and nonprofit leaders say an inaccurate count could cost Oklahoma millions of dollars. Journal Record editor Russell Ray discusses how nonprofit and public entities plan to ensure participation and why certain groups remain underrepresented in the census. 


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Oklahoma lawmakers are preparing for redistricting in 2021, but how does the process actually work? University of Oklahoma political scientist Keith Gaddie explains how census data, computers and bargaining come together to make new political maps. 

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The 2018 midterm elections in Oklahoma confirmed hardened geographic divisions. The state's two largest metro areas favored Democrats, while rural Oklahoma voted overwhelmingly Republican. But rural counties are losing population, overall demographics are changing and redistricting is on the horizon.