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Department of State, Jersey Civic Engage

NJ Complete Count Commission

The Hon. Tahesha Way, Lt. Governor and Secretary of State
NJ Complete Count Commission

NJ Complete Count Commission

About the Commission

At its core, New Jersey’s 2020 Census effort will be a matter of effectuating a statutory mandate.

Recently-enacted law establishes a “New Jersey Complete Count Commission” consisting of 27 members. As the statute provides, it “shall be the duty of the commission to develop, recommend, and assist in the administration of a census outreach strategy to encourage full participation in the 2020 federal decennial census of population.” The commission will hold at least 3 public hearings in different regions of the state.

By law, the Secretary of State shall serve as commission chairperson and the convener of these efforts. In addition, the statute demands that the Department of State “shall provide the staff services necessary to support the functions of the commission.”

The federal government has a constitutional obligation to conduct an “actual enumeration” of the national population every 10 years by determining the “whole number of persons” in the United States. This count is known as the Census.

Commission Members

The Hon. Tahesha Way, Chair

The Hon. Jon Bramnick
The Hon. Nia Gill
The Hon. Verlina Reynolds Jackson
The Hon. Yvonne Lopez
The Hon. Gabriela M. Mosquera
The Hon. Nilsa Cruz-Perez
The Hon. Nellie Pou
Theodore Conrad
Len Preston

The Hon. Douglas R. Cabana
The Hon. James L. Cassella
Reverend Kenneth Darryl Ray Clayton
Sara Z. Cullinane, Esq.
Eileen De Freece-Wilson
The Hon. Maura R. DeNicola
Maria Bonita Duncan
Reva Foster
Gail B. Gordon, Esq.
George Gore
Michael E. Greene, Esq.
Stacy A. Johnson
Laura E. Matos
Gualberto (Gil) Medina
Mary L. Rivera
Michele N. Siekerka, Esq.
Terry Tucker

Hearing Schedule

January 9, 2019
The War Memorial
Trenton, New Jersey

March 21, 2019
Passaic County Community College
Paterson, New Jersey

April 24, 2019
The Salvation Army Community Center
Camden, New Jersey




Frequently Asked Questions
(updated 4P 10/31/19)

If you have questions regarding the DOS20203-Cty and/or DOS20203-NP Grant program please contact us at 609-633-0522 or email us at

If you have general questions regarding the NJ Complete Count Commission please call this number 609-777-2581.

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