Get Counted in the 2020 Census!
Census Day - April 1, 2020
The census is a short questionnaire that asks about who you are and where you live. It’s the way to count every person, including people with disabilities, living in the United States. In Illinois, 1 in 5 people have a disability and they deserve to be counted.
Between March 12 – March 20, the Census Bureau will send an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census to almost every household in the country. Each household should receive this invitation by Census Day, April 1, 2020. This invitation will be delivered by the US Postal Service or by a census worker. You will have the option to respond online, by mail or by phone.
Does it matter if I get counted?
Yes! It absolutely matters if you get counted because:
- The state of Illinois loses $1,800 per year for each person who doesn’t get counted in the 2020 census! That’s a lot of money over 10 years. It puts at risk a lot of programs that the disability community relies on, such as accessible sidewalks, energy and food subsidies, healthcare services and other important programs.
- The number of legislative representatives (members of the House of Representatives) that each state is allowed is determined on the census results.
- Congressional and state legislative districts can get redrawn by state officials if there is a population shift.
- Like voting, it is your civic duty to participate in our democracy and say “I count!”