2020 Census: Everyone Counts

Once every 10 years, the U.S. Constitution requires a full count of the population to reapportion seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. That exercise begins in a little over a year (Mid March 2020). 

For the first time, the primary method of response will be electronic. They expect at least 70% of the population will complete the census forms online. This process is quick, easy and safe and people can overcome internet access or digital literacy issues with local services.

Why is the census so important?

The census will drive decisions that will affect economic investments in our state as well as representation in Congress. This includes the number of our electoral college votes. The information is used to draw boundaries for state and local election districts. 

The federal government also uses the census numbers to distribute more than $800 billion to states, counties, and cities for education and health programs, highways, roads and bridges, water and sewage systems, and other vital projects. This information is used to determine where to build health care facilities, child and senior care centers, grocery stores and factories.  For every 100 households missed, a state could lose up to $5 million which can affect it’s ability to support children, vets, seniors and other low-income families.

You will receive a postcard inviting you to go online to fill out the form. Federal Law requires the information you provide to be confidential. So when you receive your postcard make sure you are counted! Ask others if they have responded yet. And if someone has difficulty, offer help.

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