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Census

The U.S. Census is required under the U.S. Constitution to occur every 10 years and is the process of counting every resident in the country. For the first time ever, in 2020 the Census will be primarily digitally based.

Why it matters

The U.S. Census data is used to make decisions around education, healthcare, infrastructure, and political representation. With increased growth in the country, getting an accurate and complete count of every person living within is crucial to ensure that each state receives funding to support the number of residents in each state. This Census the focus continues to be on reaching hard to count communities and ensuring these communities get included in the Census count.

What we're doing

The League’s Census work will occur in three phases: (1) Education; (2) Get Out to Count activities, (3) Watchdog reporting. In the months leading up to Census Day—April 1, 2020—Leagues around the country will be in communities sharing information and resources about how to participate and the importance of the U.S. Census. On Census Day, the League will work in coalition to help get everyone counted, work in Complete Count Committees to share out information about low-reporting areas, and communicate where additional support is needed. Once the Census count wraps up in the Summer/Fall of 2020, the League’s will remain in communities and will watchdog any issues from the ground.

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Census In Depth

Because of COVID-19, the Census has been forced to propose changes to its operating timeline and the dates for sending data regarding apportionment and redistricting.

LWVEF joined the Census Counts campaign and the 143 undersigned organizations urging the Census Bureau to closely examine its adjusted operational timeline and advocate for enhancements to address the severe disruption the COVID-19 crisis has caused for successful completion of the 2020 Census. 

In these times of uncertainty and physical distancing, standing together with our communities is more important than ever.

Today is Census Day, the official launch of the 2020 Census!

It’s 2020, and that means in addition to a presidential election, this year is also a critical census year.  

Community organizing and advocacy will be an essential part of GOTC efforts this year. Here's what's at stake.

The League joined the Census Project and other national and state organizations calling for full funding of the 2020 Census in the FY20 appropriations bills. 

Officials at the state level in Texas have decided not to spend any money on the 2020 census, even though in the past 10 years the population of Texas has grown massively. So business leaders, large cities and even nonprofits in Texas say they're being forced to step in instead.

Now that the threat of a citizenship question on the Census appears to have ended, the focus must turn toward ensuring the 2020 Census is conducted appropriately and comprehensively.