The decennial national census count is a pillar of democracy that determines the amount of political representation each state has in Congress, the amount of electoral votes they get, and the amount of federal resources disbursed for crucial social services. It’s easy to be counted
It’s easy as 1-2-3 to participate: www.my2020Census.gov
Each person counted brings $10,000 to programs such as affordable housing, public education, emergency services, and programs like food stamps and school lunch. An undercount of the population would mean that Tulare County does not receive its share of federal funding over the next 10 years (until the next count). It’s easy to be counted
The Census Bureau confirmed on August 3 that it is ending counting efforts for the 2020 census a month early, on September 30, 2020. The decision affects everything from door-to-door to online, phone, and mail collection of census forms. The move is an effort to “accelerate the completion of data collection and apportionment counts by our statutory deadline of December 31, 2020,” Director Steven Dillingham said in a statement posted on the Census Bureau’s website. It’s possible that this is a political move since 2020 is also a presidential election year.
Unfortunately, Tulare County has some of the lowest responding areas in the state, but the 2020 Census needs to count everyone, including non-citizens. Immigrants’ fear of Trump-era Census could cost Tulare County billions of dollars. But everyone should know they benefit from being counted, and all Census information is confidential and not shared with ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement); it is against the law to share Census information. Note: There is no citizenship question on the Census. It’s easy to be counted
Other information that will never be asked for on the 2020 Census:
Your Social Security number.
Money or donations.
Anything on behalf of a political party.
Your bank or credit card account numbers.
If someone claiming to be from the Census Bureau contacts you via email or phone and asks for any of this information, it’s a scam, and you should not cooperate.
Nationwide, 4 of every 10 households have not been counted. And the pandemic isn’t helping matters.
It’s safe, secure, and takes a matter of minutes: www.my2020Census.gov
Did you get counted in the right place? The Census asks citizens to be counted where they usually live or stay. It’s understandable that this year during the Census people may have moved away from their usual residence, perhaps to go stay elsewhere with family. It’s easy to be counted
Stay physically distanced and no mask required: www.my2020Census.gov
Please go to www.my2020Census.gov and count yourself and everyone you usually would have lived with at your Three Rivers address. If you don’t take this important and simple action, all Tulare County residents will lose out on critical resources and power.
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