The U.S. Census Bureau, in coordination with federal, state and local health officials, recently began dropping off 2020 Census questionnaire packets at front doors of households in the Puget Sound Area. This is done in areas where the majority of households do not receive mail at their physical address. The Census Bureau began hand-delivering census materials on March 15 but suspended all fieldwork for this operation on March 18 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Temporary field staff have been trained to observe all social distancing protocols and will wear official government-provided personal protective equipment for their safety and the safety of the public. This operation is contactless and follows the most current federal health and safety guidelines.
The health and safety of Census Bureau staff and the public is always a top priority.
The Census Bureau will deliver 2020 Census invitations and paper questionnaires at the front doors of roughly 5.1 million stateside households and 34,046 households in Puget Sound. This operation is crucial to ensure a complete and accurate count of all communities, which helps guide hundreds of billions of dollars in public and private sector spending per year.
People are strongly encouraged to respond promptly to the 2020 Census using the ID number included in the questionnaire packet. Responding with a census ID or the paper questionnaire helps ensure the best count of their community. People can respond online, by phone or by using the paper form in the packet.
The census provides data that will shape critical decisions, and provides information to determine how to allocate billions of dollars in funding and determines congressional and state representation.
In addition, Electoral boundaries are based on data from the census. Boundaries are redrawn or adjusted to accommodate for population fluctuation. Census data determines how much electoral power each community gets. When a certain group is undercounted, it essentially means they are being apportioned less political power.”
When individuals and communities are not counted in the census, we miss out on critical funding and fair representation in Congress. By taking the census, you can make sure that your needs and all of our community needs are accounted for. This can help to drive business and employment opportunities to our community that otherwise would go somewhere else. That is why advocates are encouraging everyone to participate in the 2020 Census.
For more information on the census, visit 2020census.gov.