From the Census Bureau statement on 2020 Census Data Collection Ending
OCT. 13, 2020 — As of today, well over 99.9% of housing units have been accounted for in the 2020 Census. Self-response and field data collection operations for the 2020 Census will conclude on October 15, 2020.
Internet self-response will be available across the nation through October 15, 2020 until 11:59 pm Hawaii Standard Time (HST), (6:00 am Eastern Daylight Time on October 16, 2020) Visit 2020census.gov to respond today. Phone response will be available for its regularly scheduled time on October 15, 2020. Click here for the schedule and a list of numbers. Paper responses must be postmarked by October 15, 2020. Nonresponse Followup census takers will continue resolving nonresponding addresses through the end of the day on October 15, 2020. The U.S. Census Bureau is currently updating 2020Census.gov, Census.gov, as well as all external and internal guidance, to reflect the schedule update.
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From the Los Angeles Times:
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled for the Trump administration Tuesday and upheld its decision to halt the collection of census data now, rather than continue until the end of this month as originally planned.
With only one dissent, the justices set aside an order handed down by a federal judge in San Jose who said Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross had abruptly and arbitrarily changed the plans of the Census Bureau when he called a halt to field operations at the end of September rather than on Oct. 31.
Administration lawyers appealed the judge’s order directly to the Supreme Court and said 99% of the households nationwide had responded. They argued that collection activity needed to end now so the Census Bureau could meet the Dec. 31 deadline for providing the nationwide data that will be used to divide up seats in the House and divvy up federal money.
Justice Sonia Sotomayor filed a seven-page dissent. “Meeting the deadline at the expense of the accuracy of the census is not a cost worth paying,” she wrote in Ross vs. Natonal Urban League.
Due to the pandemic, the Census Bureau had said earlier this year that it would continue contacting households until Oct 31. But on Aug. 3, shortly after President Trump announced that immigrants in the country illegally would not be included in the census, the Commerce Department said it would end field operations early.
Click here to fill out the 2020 census online today! This way, census workers won’t have to come to your door. The Census Bureau advises completing the census now even if you haven’t received your 12-digit census ID by mail. Here’s a reminder.
Please complete your Census 2020 form online, by phone, or by mail when your invitation to respond arrives. Visit my2020census.gov to begin. Most households received their invitation to respond to the 2020 Census between March 12 – 20. These official Census Bureau mailings included detailed information and a Census ID for completing the Census online.
In addition to an invitation to respond, some households will receive a paper questionnaire (sometimes known as the census form). You do not need to wait for your paper questionnaire to respond to the Census.
I had to leave my dorm!
College students living in on-campus housing are generally counted through their university as part of the Census Group Quarters operation. It tallies all students living in university-owned housing. In general, students in colleges and universities temporarily closed due to COVID-19 will still be counted as part of that process. “Even if they are home on census day, April 1, they should be counted according to the residence criteria that states they should be counted where they live and sleep most of the time.”
Census has asked schools to contact their students and remind them to respond. Per the Census Bureau’s residence criteria, students living away from home at school should be counted at school in most cases, even if they are temporarily elsewhere due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, I have been advised that “universities only need to provide what is allowed under FERPA.” The Bureau “will accept ‘incomplete’ responses from universities that are submitting through eResponse and Paper Data Collection.” I suspect that this will mean followup at home for a number of college students.
For a Census Data Center discussion how to report for the 2nd home that it is unoccupied, Jeff Behler, Regional Director, Census Bureau provided this information:
After entering the ID or for Non-ID processing the street address, the respondent will be led to a screen that begins the Household Questions with the address of the housing unit.
Including yourself, how many people will be living or staying at 123 MAIN STREET on April 1, 2020?
If the housing unit is not the usual place of residence and no one is living there as their usual place of residence, then enter “0”
It will look as though the online form is rejecting that answer because it comes back with a response in red: Please include yourself when reporting the number of people.
This is a soft edit response to ensure you correctly entering “0”. Submit again and the response is:
On April 1, 2020, will you be living or staying at 123 MAIN STREET?
Enter the answer “No” and the next screen probes for the reason the unit is vacant
What is the primary reason why no one will be living or staying at 123 MAIN STREET on April 1, 2020? The unit will be –
Rented, not occupied
For sale only
Sold, not occupied
For seasonal, recreational, or occasional use
For migrant workers
Then the online form probes for where you will be living on April 1
Thank you for providing information for 123 MAIN STREET. Since you will not be living or staying at this address on Census Day, you do not need to provide any additional information for it.
Gotta have faith
As the Faithful Census folks note: Our faith teaches that every person has God-given dignity. Therefore everyone deserves to be counted in the 2020 Census. When everyone in our community is counted, we get the federal funds we need for our schools, hospitals, roads, and other essential programs like Head Start, food assistance, and affordable housing.
Responding to the 2020 Census has never been easier because you can choose to respond online, by phone, or mail– and it just takes 10 minutes to respond for your entire household.
Gayla Tillman, Civic Engagement Coordinator for Georgia Conservation Voters notes:
“The census matters because we need climate protections and solutions for all our communities. Black, Brown, and low-income communities disproportionately feel the effects of polluted air and water and utility burden. An inclusive census will not only tell decision-makers but also climate advocates how to best serve communities that have been traditionally hard to count.
“What’s more, as a descendant of people once lawfully considered property, I consider being counted in the census as personally and politically important to the fight for equity and justice… The COVID-19 crisis has exposed the many ways that working-class people and people of color are vulnerable to economic imbalance.
“The root of what our communities need is investment. That investment begins with knowing where and who people are — the census helps determine how resources are allocated in our country.”
Save your government some money!
If you fill out the form online or by mail, you save the governmental expense of folks needing to call you. If your information is there, no need for an enumerator to come to your house. In the age of COVID-19, no one wants THAT. Please fill out your form ASAP.
Count everyone who lives in the United States as of April 1, 2020
Invitations for the 2020 Census are coming to 140 million US households March 12-20. “For the first time, nearly everyone will be invited to respond online, by phone or by mail.” In fact, my form arrived on March 12.
A sample of the 2020 Census questionnaire is available on 2020census.gov” along with additional information. “The invitation mailings are addressed to ‘Resident’ at the household address and do not include an individual’s name. Some areas will receive “information on how to respond online. Households in areas of the country that are less likely to respond via the internet will also receive a paper questionnaire in their first mailing, along with information on how to respond online.
“Along with the invitations, people can expect to find an overview of the census, a description of language assistance in English plus 12 non-English languages and a census ID number linked to their address. About 13 million households across the nation will receive bilingual English/Spanish invitations and questionnaires…
How are we doing?
“The Census Bureau has created an interactive response rates map at 2020census.gov/response-rates so America can keep track of how they’re doing. Beginning on March 20, the map will be updated daily to reflect current response rates from communities around the country. For comparison, the map also displays the final response rate from the 2010 Census.”
This online capture of data is a new thing for the decennial Census. Two things occur to me, one of which I’ve thought of many times before. One is that I hope that people respond as soon as possible. It saves the government, i.e., the citizens, money. Check out this schedule:
March 12-20: The U.S. Postal Service will deliver initial invitations to respond online and by phone. Areas that are less likely to respond online will receive a paper questionnaire along with the invitation to respond online or over the phone.
March 16-24: Reminder letters will be delivered.
March 26-April 3: Reminder postcards will be delivered to households that have not responded. [Additional expense]
April 8-16: Reminder letters and paper questionnaires will be delivered to remaining households that have not responded. [Ditto]
April 20-27: Final reminder postcards will be delivered to households that have not yet responded. [Ditto]
If a household does not respond to the census, a census taker will follow up in person. [A lot more of an additional expense.] In most cases, this will begin in mid-May and conclude in late July.
Households can still respond on their own during this period, and if they do, they will be removed from the nonresponse follow-up workload. People are encouraged to answer all questions on the 2020 Census to avoid having a census taker knock at their door.
If you do it correctly, and early, not having a Census worker come to your door will also be a safer choice. With concern over COVID-19, the online/mail choice will not only save money, but it will be the healthier choice.
“The U.S. Constitution mandates a census of the population every 10 years. Responding to the 2020 Census is easy, safe and important, and it’s key to shaping the future of communities. The goal of the 2020 Census is to count everyone who lives in the United States as of April 1, 2020 (Census Day). Census statistics are used to determine the number of seats each state holds in the U.S. House of Representatives and informs how billions of dollars in public funds are allocated by state, local and federal lawmakers for public services like emergency response, schools, hospitals and bridges over the next 10 years.”