Census

Why is the Census Important?

The census takes place every ten years. The goal of the census is to count every person who lives in the country. It is mandated by the Constitution and everyone who lives in the United States is required by law to respond. The census is important because:

  • It determines how much federal funding is allocated to each state for important programs and services such as transportation, SNAP, Head Start, Medicaid, etc.
  • It provides important data for governments and other organizations to use in planning and development decisions.
  • It is used to determine if states are violating the Civil Rights Act and is used to enforce the Voting Rights Act.
  • The 435 seats in the House of Representatives are divided based on population; gains or losses in population may cause gains or losses in House seats.

 

Census 2020 is fast approaching.  We need League members to help with critical Get Out the Count activities like tabling and speaking. The bulk of these activities will take place in January-May 2020. Interested in helping out? Please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/i1SemJh6YmMdGXfA8 or email census@lwvspa.org.