April 1st will be a really big celebration this year. April Fools’ Day decided to invite National Census Day to its party which means that while you are joking around, don’t forget about having your family do the 2020 Census. The kicker is that this count is even easier than in the past, because the government can count you in three different ways.
Your family may have already received your census documents in the mail. If it’s arrived, it is important that you get your mom or dad to respond. It takes three simple steps to be counted:
- Open the letter and read the directions.
- Fill in information about your family members and their ages.
- Put the completed form in the return envelope and drop in the mail!
There’s no need to worry about a stamp or anything, it’s already paid for and your family isn’t inconvenienced at all.
If your family is more techy or doesn’t go to the post office often, they can fill out the census info online!
- Go to https://my2020census.gov.
- Fill in your census ID (found on letter from the mail) or follow the steps to do it without the ID.
- Continue to fill out the questionnaire.
- Click “Submit.”
To ensure everyone is counted, the United States Census Bureau also created a call line that is up and running every day from 7:00 am to 2:00 am ET. You can literally do the census in the middle of the night, so there’s no excuse!
- Call 844-330-2020 (Visit https://2020census.gov/en/ways-to-respond/responding-by-phone.html for language support.)
Remember that census is mandatory for everyone living in the United States, so encourage your parents or guardians to take it seriously. If your family doesn’t respond by April 1st, the government will send official census takers to homes to receive the information. It really isn’t known if this will continue to happen due to COVID-19, but it won’t apply to you if you fool around and don’t get counted.
By Kyla Hubbard, Senior, Whitney M. Young High School