The 2020 Census has begun!
Utahns began receiving the 2020 Census in the mail last week, and every household should receive one. NOW is the time to fill out your Census survey! Here’s what you need to know:
2020 Census Important Information
- It is critical for EVERY household to fill out the Census – read more about why the 2020 Census data matters and what impact the 2020 Census could have in your community.
- Census surveys may be filled out online, by mail or over the phone. You may choose to respond by phone in 13 languages or by TDD. A census taker can also come to your home
- Have questions? 2020Census.gov provides info and FAQ’s, including important info on How to Respond to census questions. Haven’t received your 2020 Census form yet? Find sample questions here.
- Census Day is April 1! This is the date when the census will be celebrated, and the date about which you will answer your residence questions for the census. Please complete your survey by the end of April. This will prevent census workers from needing to visit homes that have not yet been counted starting in May. Find all important census dates here.
- The census is a safe process! According to the Editors at the Southern Poverty Law Center:
- “The Trump administration attempted to include a question that would ask every household to record which family members are U.S. citizens, but that question will not be on the census form. Advocates defeated the effort by the Trump administration, which, remarkably, both sides agreed in court that adding the question would reduce the response rate – especially in immigrant communities.
- What’s more, the U.S. Census Bureau and federal law keep responses private and maintained in its cybersecurity systems.
- Personal information doesn’t go to other federal departments, such as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
- It doesn’t go to law enforcement.
- It cannot be accessed by landlords.
- It will not affect any public benefits a person currently receives.
- In fact, it is illegal for the Census Bureau to share personal information for 72 years after it’s collected.
- However, failing to fill out a census form prevents your voice – and the voices within your community – from being heard when it comes to future policy decisions.
- Renters, people living in poverty, people of color or people with limited English skills and their children are most at risk of being harmed by failing to fill out the census form. Census data helps determine how much federal funding goes to programs like Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
- Without census data, communities may go without necessary bus routes, older residents may not receive the assistance they need to afford heating in the winter, and schools may continue to lack much-needed books and computers.
- When people are missing from the census, resources and political power are distributed somewhere else – somewhere that may already have more money, more services and more power.
- That’s why when it comes to the U.S. Census, we all need to say: #CountMeIn”
- Get others involved! Once you have responded, share it on social media and encourage others to fill their census out too! Census 2020 has customizable graphics for your social media channels here, or grab one of these two Utah themed images now!