Step up and be counted in the 2020 Census
The deadline to complete the 2020 Census is quickly approaching as residents must submit their response before end of day on Wednesday, September 30th. The Census occurs every 10 years as mandated by Article 1, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution, and the government sets out to tally people of all ages and backgrounds. Common Council President Cavalier Johnson is asking all Milwaukee residents to make sure they are counted.
“The deadline to respond to the 2020 Census is right around the corner, and having an accurate count is vital to help allocate funding for community resources and services, as well as making sure we have fair representation in our government,” said Alderman Johnson. “I’m asking residents across the city to step up and be counted, and if you have already completed the Census encourage your friends, family, neighbors and co-workers to do the same. It’s one small way in which you can make a big impact in your community.”
President Johnson sponsored previous legislation directing all city departments to ask individuals calling the city for non-emergency services whether they have received and completed their 2020 Census form. The legislation also directed the Department of Administration to create a framework for questioning and advising callers about their participation in the Census and verifying departmental compliance.
Completing the Census, which consists of nine questions, takes minutes and can be done online by visiting www.My2020Census.gov or by calling 1-844-330-2020. There are 13 different language options for respondents and your information is kept private. Information disclosed in Census surveys cannot, by law, be shared with any law enforcement agencies and is stored confidentially, without personally identifiable information.
Census takers are currently visiting households throughout the city to manually assist residents who have not yet responded. These individuals may visit between the hours of 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., will make up to six attempts at each address, will be wearing masks and following social distancing guidelines.
To date, Milwaukee’s self-response rate is 60.7%, which trails the state self-response rate of 71.8% and national self-response rate of 66.2%. Milwaukee is outpacing many of its peer cities, but is still behind its 2010 Census response rate of 68%.
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