The 2020 census form will look very similar to this sample document. Image courtesy U.S. Census Bureau

The 2020 census form will look very similar to this sample document. Image courtesy U.S. Census Bureau

Don’t forget to take the census

Due to the coronavirus, the deadline for responding to the census is Aug. 14, 2020.

As the eyes of the country are focused on this once-in-a-century pandemic, it appears much has been put on the backburner, including the once-in-a-decade official United States Census.

But with Washington still under a stay-at-home order, there’s no better time to pull out a pen, pick up the phone, or sit down at your computer to make sure the federal government figures you in when it divides billions of federal assistance dollars among the states.

You may have already received a letter in the mail from the U.S. Census Bureau inviting you to take the census online, by phone, or by mail, but here’s a quick summary of your options:

• The fastest way to complete the census is online by heading to 2020census.gov/en/ways-to-respond/responding-online.html. Taking the census online will require your unique 12-digit Census ID Number included on the letter you received from the Census Bureau before April 1. If you did not receive a letter, or did not record your Census ID number, you can still take the census by first clicking the link found underneath the census “login” button.

• To complete the census over the phone,call 844-330-2020 between 4 a.m. and 11 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. There are a number of phone lines available to complete the census in a language other than English; for example, Spanish speakers can call 844-468-2020. For a list of languages, go to 2020census.gov/en/ways-to-respond/responding-by-phone.html.

• Mailed census forms will arrive automatically to your home if you did not participate in the census either online or by phone. You may still fill out the census any way you wish. To respond by mail, send the census questionnaire back to the U.S. Census Bureau, National Processing Center, 1201 E 10th St., Jeffersonville, IN 47132.

EXTENDED DEADLINES AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Due to the coronavirus, the deadline for responding to the census is Aug. 14, 2020.

Additionally, there are many untrue rumors about the census.

According to the Washington State Commission on Hispanic Affairs, there are rumors that your responses to the census will determine whether you are eligible for any government benefits, including the recently-passed coronavirus stimulus package: this is false.

The Census Bureau also wanted to make it clear that the 2020 Census does not ask you their citizenship status, and encourages everyone — citizen or not — to take the census.

Other census scams including asking responders for bank account information, money or donations to a political party, and even your Social Security number; Census Bureau workers will never ask for these things.

***

https://www.cha.wa.gov/census-2020


In consideration of how we voice our opinions in the modern world, we’ve closed comments on our websites. We value the opinions of our readers and we encourage you to keep the conversation going.

Please feel free to share your story tips by emailing editor@issaquahreporter.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.issaquahreporter.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) We reserve the right to edit letters, but if you keep yours to 300 words or less, we won’t ask you to shorten it.

More in News

file photo
Department of Health announces QR code verification program to prove vaccination status

WA Verify is intended to make vaccine verification simpler and more efficient.

Mid-afternoon traffic on northbound Interstate 5 on Nov. 22 near Everett. Dan Bates/The Herald
Thanksgiving traffic forecast is heavier than pre-pandemic

Drivers and ferry riders could be in for long waits, depending on when they go.

(L-R): Hyunwoo Chong, Chase Hamdan, Arnav Rajashekara, Christopher Tebben, Grace Hopkins, Henry Cobb, Ellie Sampson, Vincent Chung, Ruoya Huang, Christopher Hamdan (courtesy of Eastside Catholic)
Ten Eastside Catholic students earn National Merit Scholarship commendation

The honored students share their aspirations and advice for younger students.

Patti Cole-Trindall
King County Executive appoints Patti Cole-Tindall as interim sheriff

Cole-Tindall has a background in the sheriff’s office and county government.

file photo
Downtown Issaquah to host art-centric event Sunday, Nov. 28

Artists Sunday will feature artists from around the region.

Comparison map between current district map and proposed draft. (Screenshot from King County’s website)
King County proposes redistricting map, asks for feedback from public

Public invited to comment at November 30 public hearing.

King County Councilmember-elect Sarah Perry and a celebration photo, courtesy of her campaign manager Robby Paige.
Sarah Perry pushes 20-year incumbent out of King County Council District 3 position

By Hannah Saunders, For Sound Publishing Following her first campaign for a… Continue reading

left: Russell Joe, right: Rose Zibrat (screenshot from King County website)
Russell Joe leads Rose Zibrat in city council race

Election results will be certified on Nov. 23.

courtesy of Derek Bauer
Issaquah native writes and directs new movie with Universal Pictures, titled “Two Yellow Lines”

The Northwest roadtrip movie centers around PTSD, forgiveness and the importance of connection.

Most Read