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Make Sure Everyone Is Counted!

Hello fellow UU-ers. I’m Sally Snodgrass, a member of the Frederick UU Congregation, and I wanted to send my thanks for your interest in helping to get out the count. This 2020 Census will be the third decennial census that I have had the privilege to work on during my career at the United States Census Bureau. In my years of working at the Census, I can honestly say that this one is already the most memorable one yet!


Although the reasoning behind why we conduct the census did not change:

  • It in the Constitution! (Article 1, Section 2, mandates that the country conduct a count of its population once every 10 years).

  • The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community.

  • Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data.

  • The results of the census determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and to draw congressional and state legislative districts.

The way we invited people to respond and utilized technology to increase the self-response rates across the nation, did:

  • For the first time in history, we went online!

  • Three different ways to complete the census: online, by phone or by mail!

  • The form is available in over 13 languages (both online and over the phone)!

With less than 30 days left to shape the future of your community for the next 10 years, the purpose of this blog is to give you all the information you need in one place. From how to respond to what the response rate is in your community:

The good news, as a result of going online, Maryland is currently ranked 10th in the nation in terms of response rates. However, we are still not at 100% completion. Meaning that we all still have work to do before the September 30th deadline!

Join the movement towards a full and accurate count. Tell your friends, your family, everyone you know, and let us all work together to ensure that every community in Maryland gets its full allocation this decennial!

Together, let’s shape the future of this great state and this nation, for the next 10 years!

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