OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CENSUS AND REDISTRICTING
If the January 2020 snow prohibited you from attending the LWVTC Forum on Census and Redistricting, there is now an opportunity to view an online presentation.
Lobby Team Redistricting Lead, Alison McCaffree will give a Census & Redistricting Workshop Online, Thursday - August 13th 6:00pm = 8:00pm. . Anyone is welcome to join. There is no cost.
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LWVUS Signs letter with Census Project to Extend Reporting Timeline for Census
The League joined the Census Project on a letter extending statutory reporting deadlines for the Census. The letter addresses Senate leadership, and asks for a four month extension to allow the Census Bureau to execute a fair and accurate count. The letter asks Congress to remain on course with the extension in the newly introduced Senate COVID stimulus bills. Read the letter here.
BREAKING NEWS --- AUGUST 3,2020
|The Census is in Danger
Last night, the U.S. Census Bureau announced it would be ending census operations on September 30, 2020. Shortening the timeline to collect data and rush operations during a national pandemic is an intentional plot to sabotage the census and skew Congressional representation, redistricting, and critical funding allotments for every state in the country.
But Congress can act to protect the census by ensuring that in the next stimulus package, provisions that the Bureau requested to extend the data delivery deadlines and deliver necessary funding to complete counting activities is included in the legislation.
Tell Congress to protect the Census in the next version of the stimulus bill.
COVID-19 has caused significant delays and disruptions to census operations which is why the Bureau has requested the extended household counting operations through October 31, 2020. In May, the Administration asked Congress to modify the statutory deadlines for reporting apportionment and redistricting data. Through this extension, census workers will be able to continue to count people experiencing homelessness, transitory locations like RV parks, group facilities like colleges and universities, and remote Alaska. The request would push back the December 31, 2020, deadline for transmitting the state population totals used to apportion congressional seats to April 30, 2021. Extending the data reporting deadlines will ensure that the data that is collected can be properly tabulated, organized, and analyzed to show the most accurate picture of the country and its diverse population.
To ensure a complete census, Congress must adopt the Bureau’s request to extend statutory reporting deadlines for apportionment and redistricting in the next COVID-19 relief bill and allocate $448 million to address continued 2020 Census challenges brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. Tell Congress that census operations must continue in a manner that facilitates a fair and accurate count.
The census is the bedrock of our democracy. The administration’s politically driven plan drops their own request for Congress to delay the reporting deadlines for apportionment and redistricting data from the 2020 Census, in light of pandemic-related disruptions to the census. It was expert, career Census Bureau staff who advised that they needed the additional time to complete the census in all communities, and to process and tabulate the data in accordance with the Bureau’s critical quality standards.
A rushed, poorly tabulated census will affect all communities for the next decade. Tell Congress to legally extend the timeline for the 2020 Census and ensure a fair and accurate count.
April 1, 2020, marked the kickoff of the 2020 Census. This process of counting will ensure that the political power, health, and safety of every community is maintained or enhanced in the upcoming decade. Communities that don’t get fully counted in 2020 will miss out for the next ten years. NOW is the time to get answers to your questions and spread the word to your friends and family.
Originally, Census planned to cease collecting data on August 31, 2020, but because of COVID-19 and the need to protect the health and safety of staff, Census will now stop collecting data on October 31, 2020.
OR fill out the 2020 Census today. It takes about five minutes and is safe to do right from your couch or favorite chair at 2020Census.gov.
IF you are worried that you have not received an invitation to complete the 2020 Census, or somehow you may have been missed, you should call 844.330.2020. You can not only find out if you have been missed, you can make sure your residence is included in the census database..
People can respond online, by mail or by phone. If no response is received, a census taker will come to your home to follow up in person
COVID-19 based extension to the census collection until October 31, 2020 will result in delayed delivery of data to the states. That means many states will have to move the timeline of their map drawing. A shortened time frame could shorten the window for public comments, hearings, and testimony during the map-drawing process which is especially detrimental to protecting communities of interest and maintaining transparency in the redistricting process.
It will be up to concerned citizens in every state to make sure that we are building People Powered Fair Maps for every congressional, state, and local district in the country. For more information about People Powered Fair Maps, click here.
The most important thing we can do right now is to submit the questionnaire via one of three ways. The second most important thing we can do is to ask our friends, families, and yell across the street to our neighbors—“Have you taken the Census, yet?”