The Town of Indian River Shores is asking the residents to help ensure that everyone will "Get Counted" in the 2020 Census. This link helps to explain why it's so important.
You should have already received and returned your questionnaire. If not, don't delay completing it!
This video is also informative and takes just over 2 minutes to view in its entirety.
This is a sample 2020 Census Questionnaire.
WHEN IS THIS OVER?
Starting mid-April: The Census Bureau mailed paper questionnaires to homes that had not yet responded online or by phone.
July 1 - September 3: Census takers will work with administrators at colleges, senior centers, prisons, and other facilities that house large groups of people to make sure everyone is counted.
August 11 – September 30: Census takers will interview homes that haven't responded to the 2020 Census to help make sure everyone is counted.
December: The Census Bureau will deliver apportionment counts to the President and Congress as required by law.
March 31, 2021: By this date, the Census Bureau will send redistricting counts to the states. This information is used to redraw legislative districts based on population changes.
Are you curious about how many have responded already? Check it out here - for anywhere in the US, down to the zip code!
Things to Know About the Census:
- Everyone Counts. Where you are living on April 1 is where you need to respond. Seasonal residents who live here 6 months and a day, please use this Florida address! If you have a homestead exemption, Florida Driver's License, voter's registration - you're a resident who needs to be counted here.
- It's About Fair Representation. The Census results are used to reapportion U.S. House of Representatives, and how many seats our state will have in Congress.
- It's a Constitutional civic duty to respond. This is a fun fact: Did you know you could face up to a $5,000 fine for not responding, or up to $10,000 for providing false information? However, according to PolitiFact, no one has been prosecuted for failing to respond to a survey since the 1970 census.
- Federal Money is distributed to each state based on population. This includes funds for such programs as FEMA, grants, direct payments towards health care, schools, hospitals and infrastructure. In 2010, Florida lost about $20 BILLION because of residents not responding. We had the third worst response in the nation!
- You'll only be asked a few questions about who is living in the residence as of April 1, 2020 (Census Day). This page explains some of the questions and rationale in further detail.
- Your privacy is protected. By law, the US Census Bureau can't publicly release personal information that would identify you or those in your household in any way, and it can't be used against you (including by the 3-letter agencies or courts).
- Not all mail that says "CENSUS" is from the US Census. Political parties are mailing a similar official-looking Congressional District Census. It's not the US Census poll, which will not ask for donations.
- Data will be used in a variety of ways that may surprise you, such as by grassroots groups, chambers of commerce, local governments, individuals in the community,and entrepreneurs. For instance, census-driven dollars can used to pre-position supplies in anticipation of hurricanes, and also uses it in disaster recovery as well.
- Why Is Census Taker Visiting When I've Already Responded?
It could be to 1) verify your address, or 2) quality assurance. Most commonly, a response was returned using the residence address instead of the Census ID printed on the invitation to respond. Or there could be 2 addresses for the same house on the Census list because of the USPS or County address system having slightly different spelling or formatting, causing action to resolve. They are trying to make sure everyone is counted in the right place, and duplicate addresses are removed from the system.
- Can I respond online?
YES, for the first time ever, you may choose to answer the questions on your own, online. Instructions were included in the envelope you received in the mail.
- What if I can't find the information that was mailed to me or my postcard?
The 2020 Census is open for self-response online and over the phone (the number is provided at this link).
- How well is our area responding to the Census?
We are about halfway there! Check this page for the most current calculations.