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Urgent Request for Action Concerning the 2020 Census

August 6, 2020

Yesterday, AAPOR issued a statement regarding the 2020 Census.

Today, we are asking you to contact your senators and urge them to approve the provisions that the House passed to extend the 2020 Census reporting deadlines. The longer timeframe is needed to avoid compromising enumeration, follow-up, data review, processing, and tabulation.

You can find contact information for your senators here.

As you know, we all rely on the information infrastructure that the Census provides. Here is additional information about the current situation:

  • The House included language that would authorize a four-month extension of the Census statutory deadlines in their latest COVID relief package. The Senate should do the same.
  • If there is no extension, nonresponse follow-up will be curtailed, and efforts to reach those who have not yet participated—including the hardest to reach—will be shortened.
  • The current response rate to the Census so far is the lowest ever, making the nonresponse follow-up critically important.

Maintaining the quality of the Census during a pandemic will take time and effort. We need the best information we can have for the next decade.

Contact Your Senators Now

For talking points to send your senator, see our Statement Regarding the 2020 Census.