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DESOTO COUNTY, MS - DeSoto and Madison Counties are statistically tied at a 70 percent self-response rate for the 2020 Census. One of the counties could rank number one in Mississippi for having the highest percentage counted which has initiated a friendly contest.Both counties have already handily surpassed the national self-response rate (63.2 percent) and Mississippi’s self-response rate (57.9 percent).DeSoto County Administrator Vanessa Lynchard stated, “We all win when everybody completes the Census, but we are hoping DeSoto County will win a little more.”Madison County Administrator Shelton Vance stated, “This is another opportunity for Madison County to shine. While we all think very highly of our friends in DeSoto County, this is a contest where the trophy needs to go into our case.” The winner of the contest will treat their colleague to a meal with all of the trimmings.This week, the deadline to complete the Census was moved up to September 30, 2020. It had previously been set for completion on October 31, 2020.“The Census Bureau effectively cut more than 33 percent of the time we have left to ensure a full and accurate count,” said Lynchard. An accurate count in the Census is important because it can impact the number of representatives we have in the United States Congress, millions of dollars in general and emergency federal funds, and much more.It is easy to be counted. You may visit 2020Census.gov or call 844-330-2020. The process should only take about five minutes.