CENSUS 2020


The U.S. Census is required under the U.S. Constitution to occur every 10 years and is the process of counting every resident in the country. For the first time ever, in 2020 the Census will be primarily digitally based.

WHY IT MATTERS

The U.S. Census data is used to make decisions around:

  • Funding
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Infrastructure
  • Political Representation

With increased growth in the country, getting an accurate and complete count of every person living within is crucial to ensure that each state receives funding to support the number of residents in each state. This Census the focus continues to be on reaching hard to count communities and ensuring these communities get included in the Census count.


WHAT WE'RE DOING

The League’s Census work will occur in three phases: (1) Education; (2) Get Out to Count activities, (3) Watchdog reporting. In the months leading up to Census Day—April 1, 2020—Leagues around the country will be in communities sharing information and resources about how to participate and the importance of the U.S. Census.
On Census Day, the League will work in coalition to help get everyone counted, work in Complete Count Committees to share out information about low-reporting areas, and communicate where additional support is needed. Once the Census count wraps up in the Summer/Fall of 2020, the League’s will remain in communities and will watchdog any issues from the ground.

LWV-AC Announces YB Counted Contest Winners 

The League of Women Voters of Atlantic County sponsored a contest for public high school students in Atlantic County this fall focused on the upcoming 2020 U.S. Census and its importance to all communities in the state. Students were invited to create videos and songs to encourage their families, friends, and fellow community members to participate in the census. 57 students submitted entries and the three top prize-winners can be seen below:
First Place, from Egg Harbor High School
Second Place, from Egg Harbor High School
Third Place, from Cedar Creek High School

Interested in joining our efforts in your community? Email amoreno@lwvnj.org to learn more.