Answers by Khyla D. Craine, Census Chair for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
1. Will the census be pushed out to individuals or do people need to go to a specific website (URL) to complete?
Yes, the Census Bureau will send a postcard to all households to have them report information back. There will be a specific code for the household and URL for the response.
2. Will Michigan have centers where people can come to and assist those without computer access?
It depends on the locality, but more often than not, cities will have Census centers. Washtenaw County is preparing to have spaces available, such as working with library systems and public services. They can provide more information.
3. How is Michigan ensuring that all people are counted?
The State and each county, along with many cities have a complete count committee. They are working with nonprofits, corporations, religious institutions, etc. to inform people about the Census and encourage completion. There are TV, RADIO, Internet ads that have been up for a couple weeks.
4. What is the timeline for the completion of the questionnaire?
The bureau will send the card between March 12-20, 2020. You have between then and the end of July to complete the survey. You can complete the Census by mail, phone or online.
The online census goes live on March 12, 2020.
Paper forms sent to address if you have not responded online,
May-July, 2020 Census takers will go door to door or use other means to collect data if they have not previously responded.
Facts about the Census
The constitution states that every PERSON living in the US should be counted. You do NOT have to be a citizen to be counted.
The Census is translated into many languages.
There are mini-grants available if you have an idea of how to get people to respond to the Census. Contact Peter Lindeman, 734.544.6714 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Information reported is confidential and cannot be released for 72 years.
Michigan had an 81% participation rate in 2010. That translated into $1800 per person towards monies the State received for social services, community infrastructure, etc. Let’s increase that percentage in 2020.