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Participate in the 2020 U.S. Census


The deadline for submission of the U.S. Census has been a moving target. Though Sept. 30 was a former deadline, court cases are pushing it back to Oct. 5 or Oct. 31. If you haven't filled out the census form on paper or online, please consider still doing it.
 
The U.S. Census is required under the U.S. Constitution to occur every 10 years and is the process of counting every resident in the country. For the first time ever, in 2020 the Census will be primarily digitally based.

Why does your participation matter?

The U.S. Census data is used to make decisions around education, healthcare, infrastructure, and political representation. With increased growth in the country, getting an accurate and complete count of every person living within is crucial to ensure that each state receives funding to support the number of residents in each state. This Census the focus continues to be on reaching hard to count communities and ensuring these communities get included in the Census count. Census data is also used to reapportion seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and to redraw congressional, state, and local district boundaries, so impacts your representation by elected officials.

What is the League doing?

Our League is a member of the Montrose County Complete Count Committee and our role is to spread the word about the 2020 Census and educate our communities' residents about what it entails and why it is vitally important to our community.  

The League of Women Voters of Montrose County is joining the national and state leagues in supporting the 2020 Census efforts. The League’s Census work will occur in three phases: (1) Education; (2) Get Out to Count activities, (3) Watchdog reporting. In the months leading up to Census Day—April 1, 2020—Leagues around the country will be in communities sharing information and resources about how to participate and the importance of the U.S. Census. On Census Day, the League will work in coalition to help get everyone counted, work in Complete Count Committees to share out information about low-reporting areas, and communicate where additional support is needed. Once the Census count wraps up in the Summer/Fall of 2020, the League’s will remain in communities and will watchdog any issues from the ground.

What information does the Census seek?

Basically, what the census form will record is who is living in your household as of April 1, 2020, the official census date. The Census Bureau does not ask for a Social Security number, bank account information, or information about political party affiliation.  The census form will not include any questions about a person’s religion or citizenship status.

Taking part in the census is our civic duty. It is a way to participate in our democracy and say “I COUNT!”

For more information, go to 2020census.gov.
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