A joint statement from Brandon Nelson, President of the Rainbow Democrats and Matthew Inman, Vice President of the Rainbow Democrats.

Looking for something to do during this time of social distancing? Then why not complete your census today!

Today, April 1, is Census Day and not just April Fools day.  Of which this is not. Be sure that you are counted in the census as it is conducted every 10 years and will set the tone for many things for the next decade.

It takes just a few minutes and by doing so you’ll help determine a lot for your community. You will need the code that was sent to you by USPS mail if you wish to complete it online.  Please visit https://2020census.gov/en.html to begin or for additional information.

The items below are areas per the US Census Bureau website that are directly affected by the census:

To determine the distribution of Congressional seats to states

  • Mandated by the U.S. Constitution
  • Used to apportion seats in the U.S. House of Representatives
  • Used to define legislature districts, school district assignment areas and other important functional areas of government

Find out about the 2020 Census Redistricting Data Program

To make planning decisions about community services

Such as where to:

  • Provide services for the elderly
  • Build new roads and schools
  • Locate job training centers

To distribute more than $675 billion in federal funds to local, state and tribal governments each year

Census data informs how states and communities allocate funding for:

  • Neighborhood improvements
  • Public health
  • Education
  • Transportation
  • Much more

To provide Age Search information

The Age Search service provides information for:

  • Qualifying for Social Security and other retirement benefits
  • Passport applications
  • Proving relationship in settling estates
  • Researching family history or a historical topic

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