Census Push Week (July 27-August 2) FILL OUT YOUR CENSUS!
FAIR LAWN, NJ—It is essential to ensure all households and communities are counted in the 2020 Census. The opportunity to respond to the Census only comes once every ten years and has a lasting impact on our federal funding, political representation, and economic development.
If households do not complete the Census by August 11, Census enumerators will begin visiting homes in-person to get people to fill it out.
Ahead of these enumerator visits, the League of Women Voters of Fair Lawn is joining with the Census Bureau and the Fair Lawn Complete Count Committee to promote a “Census Push Week”, from July 27 to August 2. With restrictions being eased, people are encouraged to hold socially distanced, masked activities. Examples of this would be tabling at outdoor community events, establishing a Census Kiosk at food distribution locations, COVID testing locations, places of worship, or libraries, distributing Census flyers, and organizing a car caravan or chalk-a-thon in hard to count communities.
For those who do not want to attend public events, there are virtual engagement options. Examples of this can look like hosting a virtual block party, conducting outreach to personal contact lists asking friends and family if they have had the chance to fill it out, and utilizing Mobile Questionnaire Assistants, which are Census Bureau employees who can help people fill it out at community events.
New Jersey currently has a response rate of about 64%, so there is still a long way to go! In Fair Lawn the response rate is at 78.4%. Not only is the Census easy to complete over the phone, online, or by mail, it is also safe and secure. Responses to the Census are protected by federal law and cannot be shared with other law enforcement agencies.
The League of Women Voters of Fair Lawn also encourages eligible New Jerseyans to register to vote. The COVID-19 pandemic has limited the ability to register people to vote in-person, and there has been a drop in voter registration as a result. Please visit www.lwvnj.org to obtain a voter registration form or to contact us to have one mailed to your home.
If community members wish to partner on Census or voter registration events, please contact the League of Women Voters of Fair Lawn at LWVFairLawn@gmail.com.
The League of Women Voters of Fair Lawn is a non-partisan political organization open to all, founded in 1937.