When we speak together and demand an end to injustice, we won’t be ignored. The Supreme Court heard our call and will not include an unjust, untested citizenship question on the census.
We will not be silenced — we will be counted! Pledge to take the census.
We’ve been getting a lot of questions about the census. Here are answers to questions we’re hearing the most.
Q: Why is the census so important?
A: The US Constitution requires an accurate and complete count of the nation’s population every 10 years – no matter what your citizenship status is. The data collected is used to draw district lines and allocate seats in the US House of Representatives, state legislatures, and local boards; fairly allocate more than $800 billion annually in federal assistance to states, localities, and families; and guide community decision making affecting schools, housing, health care services, business investment, and more! A lot is riding on the census – from where hospitals and fire stations are built to who represents our communities in Congress.
Q: How do I fill it out?
A: This year the census will be available on paper and online. You can also fill it out by phone.
Q: How soon should I plan to submit the census when I receive it?
A: The census will be distributed April 1, 2020. The Census Bureau is urging people to fill it out and return the questionnaire by April 30. If households to not reply by April 30, a census worker (referred to as an enumerator) will call or come to your house to follow-up. You can respond to the census online or by phone through July 31, 2020.
Q: What happens if I don’t fill it out?
A: The Census Bureau is tasked with completing as accurate a count of every person in the country as possible. In order to do this, Census workers will call and/or knock at the doors of households that have not completed the census. If a census worker comes to your door, it’s ok to ask for ID or verification that they are employed by the Census bureau. You should never share your credit card or social security number with anyone claiming to be a census worker. Call (888) 609-0563 if you have questions about anyone claiming to be an enumerator seeking your information.
Q: If a household fills out a form but doesn’t answer all of the questions for all people, will everyone still be counted?
A: Yes. Once the form is “largely complete,” that household will be considered counted. If a lot of information is missing, for example if there are five people living in the household and information for only four of them is submitted, that census form will be flagged as incomplete and a census staff person is likely to follow up either by phone or at the door.
Q: What happens to the data I submit?
A: It is illegal for the Census Bureau to share any personal data with anyone or any agency. Data is aggregated and is only used for statistical purposes – no individual data is ever released or shared, and it is illegal to do so.
Q: What should I do now?
A: It’s imperative that Latinx communities be counted accurately and in full. Pledge to take the census, and talk about it with your friends and family. When the census is distributed, urge your friends and families to fill it out to the best of their ability and return it before April 30. A lot of decisions are made based on the information collected in the census and it is the count that will be used for the next 10 years.