Now that it is officially 2020, it is imperative for our community members to start preparing for the Census. The members of the Complete Count Committee are working to ensure that the public is educated about the Census.
The U.S. Constitution mandates a census be taken every ten years, which is conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. It is critical for everyone in the community to fulfill their civic duty and complete the 2020 Census because the results affect community funding, congressional representation and much more. Every household and each individual in a household count.
There are a few changes you need to know about the 2020 Census. Previously, a paper questionnaire was mailed to each household to complete with numerous questions and pages attached. This year, there are only a few questions that can be answered by one of three waysonline, phone or email. The Census will NOT ask you to provide your citizenship status, social security number, money or donations, ask anything on behalf of a political party or ask for bank/credit card information. Also, all responses provided on the 2020 Census are protected under Title 13 of the U.S. Code and are confidential.
Here are a few dates to keep in mind:
• February to mid- March – An invitation by mail will be sent to every household with instructions to complete the Census. You must respond by stating the means you plan to complete the questionnaire: online, phone or mail.
• March 12, 2020 – Online access. You can complete the Census online starting this day.
• March 23, 2020 – All households will have received their invitations to participate.
• April 1, 2020 – National Census Day
• July 2020 – Last month to complete the Census.
As community members, this is our civic duty to complete the 2020 Census. The Pleasanton Express is devoted to keeping the community informed about the 2020 Census and will provide more information as deadlines approach. You can visit www.2020census.gov for more information or job opportunities for the 2020 Census.