The online portal to complete the 2020 census is open and Pullman it’s time to make your voice count! Here are some things to remember as we all began to fill out the census...
The census counts everyone, especially Cougs! You need to be counted where you spend most of your nights and for most students that means Pullman. Also, the census counts households as a whole. This means all roommates, permanent visitors, children and newborn babies must be included on your census form.
The way we fill out the census determines how much federal funding Pullman will receive over the course of the next ten years! There is $675 billion dollars at stake to help fund programs such as emergency services, healthcare, public education and mental health resources.
The census also determines our government representation, including how many seats in Congress our state will have and the redrawing of congressional districts.
Your response to the census is confidential and protected by law, according to US Code 13. Your responses cannot be subpoenaed, used against you in a court of law or shared with ANY other federal government agency (FBI, ICE, Homeland Security). In addition, all Census Bureau employees are sworn for life to protect your personal information and can be subject to federal prison time and/or a hefty fine, if this is violated.
For the first time EVER, you can respond to the census online. However if you do not feel comfortable filling the census out online you can respond via mail or phone.
It is our civic duty to fill out the census! The way we fill out the 2020 census will have a lasting impact on our community and the future generations to come. It is time to make your voice heard and ensure that all #CougsCount!