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Why an accurate Census is critical to our communities and what you can do about it
Once every ten years, the U.S. government counts every person living in the country. Its goal is “to count everyone once, only once, and in the right place.” It is central to our country’s democracy and well-being. The importance of an accurate population count – including accurate data about race, gender, age, and other demographics – cannot be overstated.
Nonetheless, leaders in the Trump administration have made it clear through their policies that accuracy is not their priority. Because of this, the 2020 Census faces the risk of an especially high under-count, due to insufficient funding, the possible addition of a citizenship question, and a shift from paper surveys to an online platform, to name a few. The stakes are high for Washington state and we must work collectively to ensure every Washingtonian is counted.
Here are three things you can do now to promote an accurate count in Washington:
Read and share our 2020 Census fact sheet, “Make Washington Count: How the 2020 Census will impact Washington’s communities.”