2020 Census: How State Legislators Can Make a Difference

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2020 Census: How State Legislators Can Make a Difference

The U.S. Constitution requires that each decade, we take a count, or a census, of America’s population. The goal of the 2020 Census is to count everyone once—only once—and in the right place.

Why should state legislators care about the upcoming 2020 Census?

The census provides vital information for you and your district. Census data are used to apportion congressional representation among states as well as to draw congressional and state legislative districts, school districts and voting precincts. It forms the basis for the allocation of more than $600 billion in federal funding. Businesses, nonprofits, policymakers and communities rely on census statistics to plan for a variety of resident needs including new roads, schools, emergency services and more. Missing a housing unit, and the associated population, during the decennial census may result in a missed opportunity for governments to benefit, which perpetuates until the next decennial census.

In 2020, the Census Bureau will introduce new technology to make it easier than ever to respond to the census. For the first time, the public will be able to participate in the census online, by phone or on paper. The Census Bureau also is building a more accurate address list and automating our field operations—all while keeping information safe and confidential.

This webinar, designed for state legislators and their staff, provides an overview of 2020 Census innovations, timeline, and Community Partnership and Engagement program outreach strategies. One strategy that will be featured is the State Complete Count Committee. The webinar will end with a "to do" list for state legislators. Participants are encouraged to ask questions and companion handouts will be provided beforehand.

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  • Patrick Potyondy, policy specialist and Mellon-ACLS Public Fellow, National Conference of State Legislatures


  • Pauline Nunez, partnership coordinator-2020 Census, U.S. Census Bureau-Denver Region

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