Be Patriotic – fill out the Census!

You voted, now it’s time to exercise another patriotic duty in celebration of Fourth of July and our great democracy: the Census!

The 2020 Census is underway. With significant potential impacts to community resources, infrastructure, and government representation, filling out the census is an important task for EVERY U.S. household. Census results will impact programs across communities, from school lunches to roads and water and waste systems, and from wildfire preparation to providing housing assistance for older adults or preventing child abuse. Data will be used to draw congressional district lines, direct billions of dollars in federal funding and inform research and business decisions.
The census matters! However, counting everyone in the United States is a massive undertaking, and census workers need our help getting it done. Your census survey can be filled out online, by mail or over the phone, and it takes only minutes to complete.
You can see how your area has responded by using the interactive chart below.

Haven’t filled out your Census form yet? Here’s what you need to know:

2020 CENSUS IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. Help out the effort by filling out your census survey before August! Filling out your census from the safety of your home will prevent census workers from needing to interview homes individually that have not yet been counted starting in August. Find all important census dates here.
  5. 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”
  6. 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!

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