Census 2020: Just 29 Days Left-Have You Been Counted?

September 2, 2020

Your immediate participation is needed in the 2020 Census!

In an effort to disenfranchise historically underrepresented communities, federal officials have moved up the last day of the Census count to September 30 (previously October 31)! That is a full month less to have our communities counted.

Fortunately, Senate District 10 has a self-response rate of 74.4% so far. That is 2.1 percentage points above its 2010 rate of 72.3%. Thank you to those of you who have already completed the census – you still have neighbors in your community who have not and we want them to be counted.

This past week, the Census Bureau began sending census takers nationwide to follow-up with households that have yet to complete the 2020 Census. Some things you should know about the canvassing efforts:

  • COVID-19 Safety Measures: Census takers are instructed to wear masks, to not conduct interviews inside, and should not come within six feet of you or others in your household. 
  • Here are some ways you can verify if someone is a census taker for the Census Bureau: 
    • Census takers will present an ID badge with:
      • their name
      • their photograph
      • Department of Commerce watermark
      • an expiration date
    • Equipment: Census takers will have an official bag and Census Bureau-issued iPhone 8 bearing the Census Bureau logo.
    • Hours: Census takers will conduct their work between the hours of 9am and 9pm, local time.
    • Do I have to talk to an enumerator? No, you don’t have to speak to a census taker to complete the census. You can still go online to 2020census.gov, call the Census Bureau at 844-330-2020, or return the pre-paid paper form that was delivered to your home.
    • Census seeks to count EVERYONE: If the Census Bureau has trouble contacting your household, they may have to ask others who live nearby to help fill in the gaps. Your identity is too important to leave to chance -- fill out the census on your own to make sure you’re represented correctly.
    • Right to get COUNTED: Everyone living in the United States has the right to participate and when you do, federal law protects your responses. The Census Bureau takes its legal responsibility to keep personal data it collects confidential very seriously.
    • YOUR RESPONSES ARE PROTECTED BY LAW: Personal responses collected by the Census Bureau must be kept confidential for 72 years. That means the Census Bureau can’t share your personal information with ICE or law enforcement, it can’t be shared with your landlord, and it won’t affect any public benefits you receive.
    • Are there Census takers in my neighborhood? To check, you can text the word DOOR to 442020

Your participation in the 2020 Census is more critical than ever to ensure your community receives the funding and representation you deserve for the next 10 years. Funding for schools, roads, social services, health care and so much more depends on your voice being heard in the 2020 Census.

Go to https://my2020census.gov/ to fill our your Census survey online today if you have not done so already. You can also call 844-330-2020 to complete your Census over the phone.

Please remember to fill out a survey for every member of your house, even your children.

It is an honor and a privilege to serve you in the Senate.

Sincerely,

 

Bob Wieckowski
Senator, District 10