and be counted
In April, it will be time to fill out the 2020 Census. Because the census occurs every 10 years, it’s easy to forget the many reasons
why your participation in this process is important.
What is the census?
The census is a head count of everyone who lives in the United States. The U.S. Constitution requires a census every 10 years to
ensure the government is accurately representing the people.
Why does it matter?
Census data determine how more than $675 billion is spent to support vital government programs, like Medicaid, Medicare, the
National School Lunch Program, and many more. For every person not counted in Ohio, more than $1,800 is lost in funds
that could go toward these programs.
The results of the census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives (Ohio
has 16). They are also used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.
What kinds of questions are on the census?
The census asks basic questions about your home (rent or own); the people living in your home (gender, race, etc.); and the
relationships of the people living in your home (single, married, etc.).
How long does it take?
On average, it takes no more than 10 minutes to complete the census.
Is it required?
Yes, U.S. residents are legally required to participate in the census.
How do I respond?
By April 1, every home will have received a mailed invitation to respond to the census. There are three ways to respond: online,
by mail, or by phone. The 2020 Census will be the first that allows you to respond online, including from a mobile device. In May,
census takers will visit addresses that have not yet responded to the census to conduct in-person interviews.
Visit the @ShakerLibrary section of this magazine to learn about local resources and events to help you complete the census.
Is the census hiring?
Yes. The Census Bureau needs to hire approximately 500,000 census takers across the country. Cuyahoga County residents age
18 and above can earn a minimum of $18.50 an hour as census takers. For more information, call 1-855-JOB-2020 (562-2020)
or visit 2020census.gov/jobs.
Where can I learn more?
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Voter Information Available Online
Ohio’s Primary Election is Tuesday, March 17. You can register to vote and update
your voter registration online at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections website,
which is available at boe.cuyahogacounty.us. Residents can also find polling
locations or request a Vote by Mail ballot on the site.