(EAST ORANGE/ORANGE) - Move over Corona, I am important too said the 2020 Census. 

In the midst of this Coronavirus pandemic, it is so easy to forget about filling out the census, this is why elected officials are seeking to remind and encourage all families to use their time at home to take 10 minutes to fill out the Census. 

“It only took 10 minutes for us to complete it online for our family. All they wanted to know was our names, ethnicity, ages, and address. Even if you do not have the original code they mailed to you, you can just use your address to begin," said Britnee N. Timberlake, Assemblywoman representing District 34 East Orange, Orange, Montclair, and Clifton.

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"Making sure people are counted in your household determines the amount of government resources will make it to your community. This is billions of dollars in federal funds for your roads, schools, infrastructure, and other public services," she said. 

The count is also used to determine how many federal elected officials will be designated to your state. At a press conference earlier in the year at Montclair State University, District 34 Assemblyman Thomas P. Giblin recalled a time when New Jersey had more Members of Congress than it does now. “Because people did not fill out the census, New Jersey lost representatives and funding from Washington. An inaccurate count means less votes in Washington for the things we care about in New Jersey,” he said. "Filling out the census is important, and we need everyone to fill it out.”

To be counted, for the first time you can fill the census out online, by phone, or through the mail. For online, visit https://my2020census.gov/. By phone call 844-330-2020 or another number based on your spoken language. By mail, by completing the form mailed to your house sometime between March 12-20 and mailing it back to: U.S. Census Bureau, National Processing Center, 1201 E 10th Street, Jeffersonville, IN 47132.

Happy counting!

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