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Alabama ranks last in 2020 census participation

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Alabama is now at the bottom of the list when it comes to responding the 2020 census.

62% of the state responded before door-to-door checks began.

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When you add those response numbers, Alabama's response rate is 80.6%.

Mississippi and Georgia are both at 81%.

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ABC 3340's Annie Mapp went to Pickens County today, where the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs explained the consequences of not being counted.

ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell says only 60 percent of Pickens County residents have filled out the census. He says many people fear giving out information.

"They will not ask any financial questions. They will not ask you your social security number. It is the simplest census I've ever filled out," Boswell said.

Carrollton Mayor Mickey Walker says about 54 percent of residents have filled it out in his town.

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"People have got to understand they need to take these three minutes, that's gone last ten years..three minutes will have a ten year effect,"Walker said.

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