The following information was provided by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday, February 26:
Grayson County, Texas – Following an incident in the Bells, Texas area yesterday, Sheriff Tom Watt today provided updated information on 2020 Census activities scheduled for Grayson County.
“We have confirmed with US Census Officials the following timeline of official activities related to the 2020 US Census,” said Sheriff Tom Watt. The timeline is as follows:
February – March – Census enumerators are currently conducting Group Quarters counts, i.e. counts for nursing homes, college dorms, assisted living facilities, etc.
March 13th -20th – Official census questionnaires are scheduled to arrive in residential mailboxes throughout Grayson County
April – Early non-response follow-up primarily for areas around colleges/universities where the population leaves before early May.
May – US Census takers will follow up with a door-to-door effort with residences that have not responded.
July – Deadline to submit all census responses
Following the incident in Bells, Texas yesterday, the Sheriff has confirmed that the individuals in question are in fact official US. Census employees who were in Grayson County conducting US Census related surveys.
“Unfortunately, the census employees in question were conducting the survey without the knowledge of local leaders or regional US Census officials. Therefore, their activities could not be immediately confirmed as legitimate,” said Sheriff Watt. “We want to provide the most accurate, up-to-date information so that our citizens understand and trust the process and feel safe in participating fully in the 2020 US Census.”
The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office will be coordinating with local law enforcement and providing additional authentication tools to verify the employment of census takers in the area.