Gila Bend 2020 Census
The goal of the 2020 Census is to count everyone once, only once and in the right place.
As mandated by the U.S. Constitution, America gets just one chance each decade to count its population. The U.S. Census counts every resident in the United States. It is mandated by Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution and takes place every 10 years. The data collected by the decennial census determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives (a process called apportionment) and is also used to distribute billions in federal funds to local communities.
What is the Census?
The Founders of our fledgling nation had a bold and ambitious plan to empower the people over their new government. The plan was to count every person living in the newly created United States of America and to use that count to determine representation in the Congress.
Previously censuses had been used mainly to tax or confiscate property or to conscript youth into military service. The genius of the Founders was taking a tool of government and making it a tool of political empowerment for the governed over their government.
In 1954, Congress codified earlier census acts and all other statutes authorizing the decennial census as Title 13, U.S. Code. Title 13, U.S. Code, does not specify which subjects or questions are to be included in the decennial census. However, it does require the Census Bureau to notify Congress of general census subjects to be addressed 3 years before the decennial census and the actual questions to be asked 2 years before the decennial census.
Is the Census constitutional?
The decennial census is constitutional and does not violate your Fourth Amendment rights, Morales v. Daley, 116 F. Supp. 2d 801, 820 (S.D. Tex. 2000). It is constitutional to include questions in the decennial census beyond those concerning a simple count of the number of people. On numerous occasions, the courts have said the Constitution gives Congress the authority to collect statistics in the census. As early as 1870, the Supreme Court characterized as unquestionable the power of Congress to require both an enumeration and the collection of statistics in the census. The answers and attribution to an individual will remain confidential.
Participating in the 2020 Census
The 2020 Census provides an opportunity for everyone to be counted. Tribal, state, and local governments; community-based organizations; faith-based groups; schools; businesses; the media; and others play a key role in developing partners to educate and motivate residents to participate in the 2020 Census.
Complete Count Committees
Gila Bend is participating in the 2020 Census by forming a Complete Count Committee (CCC). It is the mission of the CCC program to create awareness about the decennial census within our community. When our residents are informed, they are more likely to respond to the census, helping Gila Bend reach its goal of everyone being counted!
Gila Bend will be holding its first CCC training and census education on Wednesday, November 28th at 5:30PM in the Town Hall conference room. If you are interested in being a part of the committee, please contact Tim Suan at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
To read more about the Complete Count Committee, download the .pdf brochure: