The 2020 Census, what you need to know



The City of Pleasanton has formed its very own Complete Count Committee (CCC) comprised of various entities to help promote the 2020 Census. Pictured, from left, front row are Christelle Troell, All Saints Episcopal Church/Pleasanton Express; Marilyn Vasquez, Pleasanton ISD; Dorothy Steelman, Pleasanton Library; and Wilbur Palmer, Pleasanton Lion’s Club: back row are Janice Gonzalez, Pleasanton EMC Strategy Group; Cindy Mumm, Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce; Benito Tamez, Coastal Bend College; Richard Castanon, Census Representative; Rebecca Pesqueda, Pleasanton Express; and Ernie Gonzales, Pleasanton EMC Strategy Group. TABITHA GARZA | PLEASANTON PARKS & RECREATION

The City of Pleasanton has formed its very own Complete Count Committee (CCC) comprised of various entities to help promote the 2020 Census. Pictured, from left, front row are Christelle Troell, All Saints Episcopal Church/Pleasanton Express; Marilyn Vasquez, Pleasanton ISD; Dorothy Steelman, Pleasanton Library; and Wilbur Palmer, Pleasanton Lion’s Club: back row are Janice Gonzalez, Pleasanton EMC Strategy Group; Cindy Mumm, Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce; Benito Tamez, Coastal Bend College; Richard Castanon, Census Representative; Rebecca Pesqueda, Pleasanton Express; and Ernie Gonzales, Pleasanton EMC Strategy Group. TABITHA GARZA | PLEASANTON PARKS & RECREATION

The 2020 Census is around the corner and it is extremely important that you fill yours out. Members of various entities across Atascosa County are coming together to form what is called a Complete Count Committee to ensure you know everything you need to know about the 2020 Census.

The count is mandated by the US Constitution and conducted by the US Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency. It’s your civic duty to participate in the Census. A complete and accurate count is critical for you and your community. Results of the 2020 Census will affect community funding, congressional representation and so much more. That means, every single household in Atascosa County, as well as each individual who resides in a household, counts.

Here are a few things you need to know about the 2020

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In previous years, a paper questionnaire was mailed to each household to complete with numerous questions and pages attached. This year, there are only a few questions you need to answer by one of three ways- online, phone or email. This year will mark the first time ever the Census can be completed online. The following questions will be asked first as one household on the questionnairre:

1. How many people were living or staying in this house, apartment or mobile home on April 1, 2020?

2. Were there any additional people staying here on April 1, 2020 that you did not include in Question 1?

3. Is this house, apartment or mobile home owned by you or someone in this household with a mortgage/loan, owned by you or someone in this household free and clear of a mortgage/loan, rented, or occupied without payment of rent?

4. What is your telephone number? (They will only contact you if needed for official Census Bureau business.)

The following questions are asked per person in said household:

5. What is Person X’s name?

6. What is Person X’s sex? (male or female)

7. What is Person X’s age and date of birth?

8. Is Person X of Hispanic, Latino or Spanish origin? (Note: Hispanic origins are not races.)

9. What is Person X’s race? (White, African American, American Indian, etc.)

It’s as easy and as simple as that. One more important thing to note, is the Census will NOT ask you to provide your citizenship status. They will also not require you to provide your social security number, ask for money or donations, ask for anything on behalf of a political party or ask for your bank/credit card account numbers.

Confidentiality

A major component about the 2020 Census is that it is confidential. All responses provided on the 2020 Census questionnaire or to a Census Bureau employee are confidential and protected under Title 13 of the US Code. Your responses are compiled with information from other homes to produce statistics, never identifying your home or any person

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Dates

Starting January 2020, you will see various entities in your community promoting awareness on the 2020 Census. They are called the Complete Count Committee. Soon after, you will be mailed out your invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Here are a few dates to keep in mind:

 February to mid- March – An invitation by mail will be sent to every household 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.

The Pleasanton Express is dedicated to keeping the community informed about the upcoming 2020 Census. We will be providing more information and resources as the time draws near. For now, you can visit www.2020census. gov for more information or job opportunities for the 2020 Census.

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