By Ashwin Ghatalia
The 2020 Census counts every person living in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories. Each home will receive an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire—online, by phone, or by mail.
Every decade our nation conducts U.S. Census, A process mandated in our constitution. As in the past, anyone who resides on US soil must to be counted for upcoming Census 2020 - the count is independent of one’s citizen or resident status. Not only is it a constitutional requirement, it is also our duty.
Purpose of Census
A. Disbursement of Resources – annually over $675 Billion are distributed to local communities on per capita basis.
B. Helps Communities provide services such as education, roads, hospitals, public works and other areas that affect citizen’s quality of life. Helps pubic safety and emergency preparedness.
C. Enables businesses plan jobs creation based on manpower and skills availability.
D. Residents can use census data for civic engagement community initiative and involvement, consumer advocacy and ensuring proper legislation and legislative seat allocation
All data is to be kept confidential. Individual or familial information such your ethnicity or education will be asked.
It is important to know that it is protected - Census workers take oath and violation of it would lead to a substantial fine or jail term. You will not be asked your citizenship or resident status.
Nationwide participation in Census 2010 led to the realization to the confirmation of the significant growth and presence of the Asian American Community.
This increased visibility may have drawn the attention of public institutions and legislators and been a motivator in greater civic engagement, reflected in increasing number of public offices held by Asians Americans.
The 2020 Census and the Austin Asian Complete Count Committee (AACCC)
Since 2010 our community has grown significantly. In order to ensure that each member of our community is counted here in Travis and Williamson counties where substantial Asian American community resides, AACCC has been formed to partner with Census Bureau. Several Asian organization and individuals have joined AACCC to support the Census count.
While Census Bureau has ma-de it convenient for people fill soft copy forms via e-mail, other options would be available such as phone call or even paper forms.
AACCC participant will be available to help with any question individuals may have including language needs
Key Dates and Information – www.2020census.gov
Aug 2019 - Address Canvassing ensure every address
Jan 2020 - Start Coun
t in Remote Area (Alaska)
April 2020 - Census Day everyone invited to participate in Census (Your response can be via e-mail, phone or mail)
May June July 2020 - Census Canvassers go door to door to ensure count
December 31, 2020—Census Bureau reports to the President the population count and the apportionment of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives to each state.
2021—Initial 2020 Census data are made available to the public on census.gov.
March 2021 - Redistricting Count to States
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