Davisson: Your response matters: Complete the 2020 Census

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Friday, May 29, 2020

Education. Transportation. Health care. Government representation. The census data impacts all of these areas and much more, from determining where billions in federal funding each year should go, to the number of congressional representatives from our state. Help our area by completing the 2020 Census online at 2020Census.gov, over the phone at 844-330-2020 or through the mail, ensuring everyone is counted and we are fairly represented.

The U.S. Constitution requires a population count throughout the United States every 10 years. The country started counting people living in America with the first census in 1790, when the country had less than 4 million people. Today, Indiana is approaching a population of 7 million people. The collected information helps determine how more than $675 billion of federal funding is distributed to states and communities each year. Census data also affects strategic planning decisions about statewide job training, locations of new businesses and public transportation projects.

When filling out the census form, everyone who is living in the home as of April 1, 2020, needs to be counted. This includes anyone, no matter if they are related to members of household, who lives and sleeps at the house most of the time. This includes roommates, young and newborn children, and anyone who is renting space in the home. If a college student is living within the house temporarily due to the COVID-19 outbreak, they should be counted where they ordinarily would have lived on April 1, 2020.

Census responses are secure and safe. The U.S. Census Bureau works with federal intelligence in the cyber community and industry experts to stay abreast of emerging cyber threats, continuously updating protections and safeguards for your information. The bureau uses the information for statistical purposes only to better inform decisions for new hospitals, schools, roads and supermarkets.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Hoosiers are encouraged to respond to the census now, minimizing the need for the U.S. Census Bureau to send census takers to our neighborhoods to complete the count. The bureau continues monitoring the outbreak and safety is a priority while ensuring everyone is counted.

Self-responses are due by Oct. 31, 2020. Personal information cannot be used against respondents by any government agency or court. The U.S. Census Bureau began mailing paper questionnaires in mid-April to homes that had not yet responded.

So far, a little more than half of the nation has responded. Remember, the census is mandatory. Your response matters, so please complete the 2020 Census today and get counted. Visit 2020Census.gov to learn more.

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State Rep. Steve Davisson (R-Salem) represents House District 73, which includes
Washington County, and portions of Jackson, Lawrence, Orange, Clark and Harrison counties.

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