Kerry Ebersole Singh

State says sweepstakes increased COVID vaccine rate from 61% to 63%

BY: - August 23, 2021

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, alongside leaders of the Protect Michigan Commission and Michigan Education Trust, on Monday announced the last round of winners in the Michigan Shot To Win sweepstakes, a raffle for those who have gotten the COVID-19 vaccine.  The raffle is awarding fully-vaccinated Michiganders over $5 million in cash and almost $500,000 in […]

Ford Field vaccine site closes, survey shows hesitancy in parts of the state  

BY: - May 17, 2021

On the final day of COVID-19 vaccinations at Ford Field in Detroit, a state government official reported that the eight-week effort was a “success” but also said that significant pockets of Michigan continue to have vaccine hesitancy.  During its eight-week existence, Ford Field issued more than 270,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine and about 1,000 […]

Tlaib, Duggan may challenge Detroit census count

BY: - October 29, 2020

U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan on Wednesday said that they may challenge the U.S. Census Bureau’s “deficient and haphazard counting effort.”  They are concerned that the federal agency did not make a good-faith effort to accurately count the number of people in Detroit, which is Michigan’s largest city. Detroit’s self-response […]

Thursday is the last day to fill out the census following court battle 

BY: - October 15, 2020

Thursday is the last day to fill out your census survey. After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the 2020 census count could be cut short, the U.S. Census Bureau, headed by President Trump’s Department of Commerce, is putting a stop on enumeration by the end of day Thursday, about two weeks short of the […]

When’s the census deadline? It’s unclear, but officials say, ‘Fill it out today.’

BY: - September 29, 2020

Michigan is wrapping up critical census response collection efforts on Wednesday amid confusion over the national deadline. Despite a court ruling last week to uphold the original deadline on Oct. 31, the U.S. Census Bureau, headed by President Trump’s Department of Commerce, is moving ahead with a deadline of Oct. 5. Kerry Ebersole Singh, the […]

Lansing, Detroit and northern Michigan regions lag in last-minute census push

BY: - September 5, 2020

Census workers across the state have just under a month left to count every Michigander under a sped-up timeline. In total, 85.1% of Michigan households have been counted in the 2020 census. Michigan is about equal to the national average for total households counted, which sits around 84.9%. The census determines how much federal funding […]

U.S. Census Bureau cuts short door-to-door effort, could cost Michigan

BY: - July 31, 2020

The U.S. Census Bureau was supposed to wrap up its door knocking efforts at the end of October, but on Wednesday quietly moved that date up to the end of September — which could cut critical funding allocated based on census data for the state of Michigan. NPR reported Thursday that the in-person interviews for […]

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Michigan 1st in nation to hit census milestone

BY: - June 18, 2020

Despite COVID-19 putting a halt to all in-person census events this spring, the state’s census campaign announced that Michigan is the first state in the country to match its 2010 Census self-response rates. The Michigan Census Bureau announced that 67.7% of Michiganders have filled out their census, an increase of 12.7% from mid-April. The “Michigan […]

Mich. has 3rd-highest census participation, but has a ways to go to hit goal

BY: - April 16, 2020

Michigan set out with a big goal for the 2020 census — 82% participation — but so far is falling short. Only 55% of Michiganders have filled their census out, but that’s enough to put the state in the top three nationally. The COVID-19 outbreak has had a devastating impact on the health and economy […]

COVID-19 scrambles census plan, leaders stress online option

BY: - March 16, 2020

Michigan kicked off the largest census campaign in state history with bipartisan leaders in February, allocating a record $16 million for outreach and preparation and setting a goal for 82% participation this year. But now the COVID-19 outbreak and a number of statewide closures ordered by the governor might put a wrench in that plan. […]