With much of normal life disrupted by the pandemic, the 2020 Census continues, although with some uncertainties.
Nearly one quarter of the state’s population has responded already since the middle of March, even with the distraction of the COVID-19.Unfortunately, that rate is not being met in our county. The Complete Count Committee is encouraging everyone to “self-respond” now, just in case our proposal for a network of Census Assistance Centers—to make it easier to access internet service--is not possible in the coming weeks.
While the online response is still our #1 option, we remind you that you can also respond by phone. We need you to act now so Franklin County can catch up with the rest of the state and ensure our appropriate distribution of state and federal funds is available for our future.
Here are ways to respond:
1.Go online today. It’s easy to answer at my2020census.gov. Don’t forget to gather the information about the people living in your house so that you can complete the census in one sitting.
2. Respond by phone. For English:1-844-330-2020.For Spanish:1-844-468-2020 Be prepared for longer wait times, but there’s no place for you to go anyway! This is the number you call for any questions. If you are unable to respond online, please respond by phone.
3. Wait for a paper questionnaire.If you do not respond by phone or online, you may receive a paper questionnaire. This issue is being examined by the bureau.
Here are ways to help our community:
1. Contact at least five friends (or family members, employees, contractors), encourage them to respond, and ask them to call five more people to respond. Instead of spreading disease, spread the message that state and federal dollars will be needed more than ever in this county after this health crisis has subsided.
2. Help someone else. If you know family and friends who are unable to respond online, give them the telephone number above. A phoned response counts just the same as the online response!
Here are things that matter:
1. College kids are counted at college. Even if your college student lives in the dorm but is at home because of the COVID-19, he or she is being counted by the institution and should not be counted by you. If the college student lives off-campus, he or she should go online at my2020census.gov and respond for themselves.
2. Your information is safe! No other state or federal agency or court of law has access to your information. None. Your information is private.
3. Never give your private, financial information to anyone. The Census will not ask for your Social Security number, citizenship status, bank account or credit card information, or political party.
4. Census numbers impact for a decade. The population count of the 2020 Census impacts funding for schools, roads, health care, senior care, veteran services, unemployment pay, disaster relief until 2030.
The Franklin County Complete Count Committee, chaired by Pat O’Connell, is overseeing a community-wide Census effort that includes representation from businesses, churches, schools, libraries, and both cities. For more info, email email@example.com.