[Update from Common Cause: “We are changing our census event to an online live-stream event only! As COVID-19 (Coronavirus) spreads we are increasingly worried about the safety of our staff and community, therefore we have decided to live-stream our ‘Who’s Counting Anyway?: Understanding the Census.'”] They will live-stream from 10:30am to noon this Saturday on Facebook.
Learn more about the census process, and what Common Cause Rhode Island and the state are doing to ensure every resident will be counted, this Saturday at the next Demystifying Democracy event: “Who’s Counting Anyway?: Understanding the Census.”
The U.S. Census takes place every 10 years and the data collected by the census determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives (a process called apportionment). The information is also used to allocate billions in federal funds to local communities. Rhode Island is at risk of losing one of its two U.S. House seats and federal funding if all state residents are not counted.
By April 1, 2020, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. You will have three options for responding: Online, by phone, by mail. In mid-March, households will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census. Learn more at US Census 2020.
10:30am to noon, Saturday, March 14