Mar. 31, 2020 — DENTON — As part of TWU’s push to promote civic engagement, the university is encouraging students to participate in the “Count Me In/Cuenta Conmigo” Census 2020 Campaign.
According to data released from the U.S. Census Bureau, 18-34 year olds are the most likely to be undercounted. At stake is more than $675 billion in federal funds that support vital programs like housing, education, transportation, employment, health care and public policy. The numbers are also used to redraw the boundaries of congressional and state legislative districts.
“Because Texas has grown so much in the past 10 years since the last census, it is very important to participate,” said Josh Walton, assistant director for new student programs at TWU, who serves on the Denton County Complete County Committee. “The Census operates on the idea that people should be counted at their current address, so residential students in particular should keep that in mind when responding.”
Initial invitations to respond to the 2020 Census arrived at most households between March 12-20. For the first time, everyone will be invited to respond online, by phone or by mail. The constitutionally-mandated Census is based off of residency status, not federal tax status, so whether or not some else claims students on tax returns is irrelevant to Census counts.
Responses are confidential and there will not be a question about citizenship status on the 2020 Census. Additionally, the online Census form will be available in 13 languages as well accessible formats for respondents with visual and auditory disabilities. The paper version will only be available in English and Spanish.
Residents are encouraged to respond as soon as they receive notice in the mail. In May, the U.S. Census Bureau will begin following up in person with households that have not responded. Keep in mind that they will never ask for:
- Social Security numbers
- Bank of credit card account numbers
- Money or donations
- Anything on behalf of a political party
Check out this sample census form and visit the 2020 Census website for additional details.
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