Beginning in early 2020, the American public will have a chance to make a serious difference outside the ballot box and inside the comfort of their own homes. After a 10-year hiatus, we can complete the U.S. Census.
Census day is April 1, 2020. The census is tied to key issues that directly affect our daily lives. Be prepared to participate and spread the word about why it is crucial that each and every one of us be counted. Ask your local and state elected officials to devote resources and money to raising awareness about the census as soon as possible.
Here are some quick facts:
•Undercounting can lead to reduced funding in our communities for healthcare, schools, social services, housing and other federal programs.
•District lines are redrawn every 10 years following completion of the United States census. Federal law stipulates that districts must have nearly equal populations and must not discriminate on the basis of race or ethnicity. Census data will be used for the legislative redistricting process commencing in 2021 and for determining the number of Florida’s Congressional seats. Having an accurate picture of who lives in each Congressional district in our state is crucial to our democracy.
•The census may be completed on-line, on your smartphone, and by mail.
•No one will be counted twice—so if in doubt, report everyone in your household, even if they may separately report themselves or someone else may report them.
•By law, each individual response to the census must remain confidential.
•There is no citizenship question.
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