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New chairman Rod Nowlin speaks at the 2018 annual meeting of the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce Thursday at the Oxford Civic Center. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)

The count in 2020 is crucial, and we’re happy incoming Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce chairman Rod Nowlin sees it that way, as well.

During Thursday’s chamber lunch, Nowlin vowed that preparing our region for the 2020 U.S. Census will be a priority during the year he holds the chairman’s gavel. “We’re going to come up with programs to get the word out about the importance of the census and make sure everyone gets counted,” he said.

Yes, yes, yes.

Billions of dollars, the drawing of representative districts (both federal, state and local) and accurate demographic data depend on an accurate count of the U.S. population. Some experts have projected that Alabama could lose one of its seven congressional seats following the 2020 Census.

We thank Nowlin for calling attention to the 2020 Census and our community’s need to prepare to be counted.