• February 20, 2020

Committee meeting to increase participation in census - Ocean City Sentinel: News

Committee meeting to increase participation in census

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Posted: Wednesday, February 12, 2020 11:54 am

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP — Once every decade, a census of the entire U.S. population is conducted. But the census is much more than a head count. It shows how communities have changed and helps determine where to build new schools, hospitals and businesses; how federal funding is distributed; and how congressional seats are apportioned. 

That is why an accurate count is so important, according to members of the Atlantic County Complete Count Committee.

Participation is easy and convenient, they say. The 2020 census will consist of 10 or fewer questions and will be available in multiple languages. For the first time, the U.S. Census Bureau will accept responses online as well as by phone or mail beginning in late March through June.

Strict federal law protects individuals’ census responses. No law enforcement agency (including DHS, ICE, FBI or CIA) can access or use the personal information at any time. The data collected can be used only for statistical purposes that help determine important decisions such as the amount of federal funding a community receives for programs and services.

The Census Bureau will never ask for a Social Security number, bank or credit card account numbers, money or donations, or anything on behalf of a political party.

Local community members have formed the Atlantic County Complete Count Committee to help educate the public of the importance of the census and promote participation, especially among hard-to-count populations.

The next meeting of the Atlantic County Complete Count Committee is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, in Room G-137 at Stockton University, 101 Vera King Farris Drive in Galloway Township. All are welcome to attend.

To learn more, visit makeitcount2020.com. 

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