I am writing to ask you to immediately support extending the Census Bureau’s reporting deadline.
The Census is foundational to our democracy and has been for more than 200 years. It helps determine the allocation of $1.5 trillion in federal resources to American communities, including our country's most vulnerable.
But for the 2020 Census to be successful, the Census Bureau must have the time and space to count hard-to-count communities, which means following-up with those who didn’t respond on their own.
The 2020 Census is not complete without doing door-to-door outreach — it's a critical step to count people of color, immigrants, people with disabilities, people in rural communities, young children, and other groups that have been historically undercounted.
Rushing the Census follow-up means that these groups — who are also disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus pandemic — will miss out on critical community resources and political representation for the next 10 years.
Previously, the Census Bureau said it needed more time, which is why the Bureau itself moved the deadline to October 31. But now with the deadline on September 30, we’re in a time crunch.
A rushed census shortchanges critical operations that count people of color, Native Americans, people with low incomes, and people experiencing homelessness. This would skew the allocation of critical funding, Congressional representation, and redistricting for every state in the country. It shortchanges our democracy.
Let the Census Bureau do its job. Please extend the reporting deadline so they have the time to count everyone. Thank you for helping protect our democratic foundations.