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March 26, 2020

Fill the 2020 Census!

Make sure you and your family are counted in the 2020 Census! Find it here. 

The census is a snapshot of the nation. Every 10 years, the federal government is legally required to count every person, citizen and non-citizen, living in the country. This count must include people of all ages, races, and ethnic groups. Every household should complete a census form (either online, or by mail or phone) by August 14, 2020. Participating in the census is our right and responsibility.

Census data guides the allocation of more than $1 trillion in federal government resources to states, localities and families every year. The census determines funding for vital government programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid, and more.

When Muslim American communities are undercounted, they may not be accurately represented in the process to determine their elected officials. Undercounting also results in Muslim Americans being denied a full voice in policy decision-making and federal funding allocated to states and localities where Muslim Americans live.

Fortunately, it has never been easier and more accessible to respond to the census on your own — online, over the phone, or by mail–all without having to meet someone in person. By now, many households have received an invitation in the mail to complete the census. This was planned and continues uninterrupted by the coronavirus. The census website is also live and can accept your response in English and 12 non-English languages by calling 844-330-2020.

In the wake of COVID-19, the Census Bureau has made operational changes to the Census 2020 operations. The deadline for self response online, by phone or by returning the paper questionnaire has been extended to August 14 (from July 31). In-person enumerator visits to non-responsive households are delayed from mid-April to mid-May.