On May 18th the SUNY Erie City Campus Library held a Surge the Census event where we had a census expert answer any and all questions about the census process. Here are some of the questions and answered we received from that event organized alphabetically. If you have any questions you would like us to answer but don't see on the list below please email us at email@example.com
Your paper census should have already been mailed out to your address between March 12th and March 20th. You cannot request a paper census from the census bureau this year. If you haven’t received a paper census and you want to fill it out now you can go online or fill out the census over the phone. You can also wait for the census taker to arrive starting August 11th through September 30st. (this has recently been moved up from October 31st)
Of course! The 2020 census website will take you through each of the 12 questions that will be asked on the census and explain why each question is being asked. To see each question and a full explanation click here: https://2020census.gov/en/about-questions.html
● A census worker will be able to present an ID badge which includes
○ Their name
○ Their photograph
○ A Department of Commerce watermark
○ an expiration date
● They will have an official bag and Census Bureau-issued electronic device, such as a laptop or smartphone, bearing the Census Bureau logo.
● Census takers and field representatives will conduct their work between the hours of 9am and 9pm, local time.
● Census representatives will be at local organizations and community events with computer tablets to help individuals respond online to the 2020 Census.
● If you are ever unsure of someone claiming to be a census worker (either in person or over the phone) or if they make you uncomfortable, ask to see their ID and call the New York Regional Census Center at 212-882-7100 to inquire about them or call the police’s non-emergency line and ask if there are census workers scheduled to canvas your area. All census workers alert the authorities when they will be canvasing a specific neighborhood.
● A real census worker will NEVER ask for your Social Security Number, bank account information, anything on behalf of a political party, money or gift cards of any kind.
No, there is no question inquiring about anyone’s citizenship status on the census.
If you don’t want to or can’t fill out the census online or using the paper census you received in the mail, you have three other options:
Self-Response ends on September 30th (This is moved up from October 31st)
The Census taker (also called the enumerator) will arrive between August 11th and September 30th (this is moved up from October 31st).