UPDATE: Michigan kicks-off its largest effort to promote the Census

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LANSING, MI (WILX) - Michigan launched its largest census promotional effort in state history at the State Capitol Wednesday.

Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist and other state leaders kicked off the "Be Counted" campaign.

One of the biggest parts of the campaign includes statewide town halls that will last about an hour and a half. At the town halls, Gilchrist will be joined by Attorney General Dana Nessel and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson to answer questions about the census.

Gilchrist said the campaign is also an opportunity to dispel any fears people may have about the security of their census answers.

"The reason we're doing these town halls all across the state is to talk to those communities that I know have concerns. I know that our Latino brothers and sisters in parts of the state are concerned about what happens with this information. We want to be clear, transparent, and accountable about what this can look like and we think that will help eliminate some of those concerns in our participants," said Gilchrist.

The campaign will also highlight why the census is important for the state.

Dates and times for the Lansing and Jackson town halls have not been determined yet.

The census count will begin in Mid-March.

You can expect to get a paper form in the mail or a postcard with a link to fill it out online.

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