A Census is an official and complete population count. A census can also document information of people, such as age, sex, and living arrangements. This has been mentioned in the constitution also. It takes place every ten years. This lets the government determine whether to distribute money and assistance to states and localities. The response of each citizen matters in this. This census reporting helps in the following-
• The findings of the census help decide how trillions in federal dollars pour into states and cities per year.
• The results decide how many seats every State earns in Congress.
• The U.S. has ordered it to Constitution in Article 1, Section 2: Since 1790, the United States has numbered the citizens.
As a responsible citizen of the country, it is necessary to be a part of this, and the team in the census takes full responsibility to protect your personal information. Your responses are kept anonymous when you respond to census. They’re just able to produce numbers.
The U.S. Census Bureau is bound to secure the responses and keep it private. The legislation guarantees that your private information can never be released and no government department or judge will use your responses against you. The confidentiality of the record is protected by Title 13 of the U.S. Code. No data or tabulation which could be used to classify a person can be generated.
How does this work?
April 1 is Census Day. Citizens receive notification regarding reporting the census. Every household has the option of answering electronically; by mail or by phone and they will receive an invitation to take part in the 2020 Census from either a postal worker or a census worker. The government has already begun planning to combat campaigns of misinformation that might try to undermine the count, which is rolled out amid what is likely to be a heated presidential election.
The federal government is getting ready for the 2020 census to raise some important questions. This is part of a once-a-decade tradition of numbering every citizen who lives in the United States. The released census questionnaire will be available in 12 other languages than English.
How this census if cutting-edge?
The 2020 census has introduced some new behind-the-scenes technologies to reduce the number of human employees and hence the costs effectiveness is there.
Purpose of Census
The outcome of the 2020 census will decide the number of representatives at the House of Representatives for each district, representing the number of electors at the Electoral College for each district (less than the two electoral votes— and senators— allocated to each state irrespective of the population) for the 2022-2030 elections.
What census questionnaire will be?
As it is for the individual count in the country, it will record the following questions-
• Number of individuals staying at your home on April 1, 2020
• Whether you own your home or it is rented
• Sex of each person living in your house
• Age of each person at your house
• The race of the person
• If a person in the household is of Spanish, Hispanic, or Latino ethnicity
• The relationship each person has with each other in the house
Although in some ways the 2020 census was billed as the first-ever American census with electronic entries, like on the census’ website, that’s not precisely accurate. The census of 2000 also had an opportunity for an electronic response, but it was not publicized.
It’s time to show the duties of a good citizen towards the nation and contribute towards the nation count. This time, be a responsible citizen of the country and actively respond to the Census 2020.