Texas Counts Road Trip swings through El Paso and West Texas

The U.S. Census Bureau officials announced Monday that the Texas Counts Campaign would be heading out on a virtual road trip this week to all regions of Texas to raise awareness of the Census and celebrate what makes our communities unique.

“From the Gulf Coast and Piney Woods to the far reaches of the Panhandle and the Rio Grande and everywhere in between, Texans undertake a unique journey on the Texas Counts Virtual Road Trip from June 22 through 26,” Census officials shared. “The purpose is to increase self-response rates across Texas by having a week full of get-out-the-count efforts led by local communities.”

 On Wednesday, June 24, the Texas Counts Virtual Road Trip will make pit stops in El Paso, Alpine, and Valentine – cities where Census champions will lead efforts in their respective communities.

Texans across the state will be able to tune into programming and efforts happening in the community by accessing online with live streaming video.

The campaign helps ensure a complete and accurate count of all communities, which helps guide hundreds of billions of dollars in public and private sector spending per year.

As of June 21, the national self-response rate is 61.6 percent and the self-response rate for Texas is 56.3 percent. The self-response rate for El Paso County is 59.8 percent.

Brewster County has a self-response rate of 29 percent and Jeff Davis County is 20.5 percent.

(1)   El Paso, TX (El Paso County) 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

A virtual questionnaire assistance event of Censoteria | Todos Contamos Census Church Challenge. It will include live music from Elvis impersonator, games, and prizes to winners.  The public may participate on the Facebook page.

Censoteria is a modern twist on the traditional Mexican game of Loteria to raise awareness of the Census. Three catholic churches will compete for the highest number of census form completion and the public can participate by calling the church they would like to support.

  • Sacred Heart Catholic Church at (915) 975-8524
  • El Buen Pastor Catholic Church at (915) 792-1892
  • St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church at (915) 975-8519

(2)   Alpine, TX (Brewster County) 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

A call-in questionnaire assistance on the Big Bend radio show at KVLF 1240 AM. The guests are Brewster County Judge Eleazar Cano, Big Bend Regional Hospital CEO Ricky Flores, Terlingua CSD Superintendent Regan Reed, Sunshine House Executive Director Judy Ford and Sul Ross University Pre-Law Coordinator Jessica Velarde.

(3)   Valentine, TX (Jeff Davis County) 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

A call-in questionnaire assistance on the Valentine Radio show at valentineradio.net. The guests are City of Valentine Mayor Summer Web, Jeff Davis Commissioner Albert Miller, Jeff Davis County Library Gwen Grines, Jeff Davis County Food Pantry Director Vicki Gibson and Jeff Davis County Fire Marshal Roy Hurley.

In both radio shows, residents will receive assistance to complete their Census questionnaire.

The Texas Demographics Center, NALEO, and Complete Count Committees are core partners with Texas Counts Virtual Road Trip. 

Census officials ask add that residents are strongly encouraged to respond promptly to the 2020 Census using the ID number included in the questionnaire packet. Responding with a census ID or the paper questionnaire helps ensure the best count of their community. People can respond online at my2020census.gov, by phone at 844-330-2020, or by using the paper form in the packet.