Article 1, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution requires that a census of the population be conducted every 10 years so that the representatives in Congress and direct taxes might be apportioned. In 1790, the first census was taken by U.S. marshals on horseback and counted 3.9 million people. Census 2000 counted more than 281 million people.
You Can Count on Me Ohio,
OhioVotes (a project of COHHIO) and Ohio Citizen Action plans to mobilize Ohio’s non-profit network to educate and engage communities around the 2010 Census. We seek to ensure that everyone is counted especially those most at risk of being missed. Emphasis will be on 300 Hard-To-Count census tracts in Cuyahoga, Franklin, Hamilton, Trumbull, Mahoning, Athens and Meigs Counties.
At this time, residents who have not yet returned their form will be visited by an enumerator.
Most Census Help Centers have been closed and residents will need to be counted at their home, in person, from May until July. Any resident who would like to submit their 2010 Census information, even though they will also receive a visit, can use the Telephone Questionnaire Assistance center. If residents use the phone number and still receive a visit, they will need to tell the census taker their information again. The census taker will not know that they already filled it out and residents are asked to be patient and resubmit their 2010 Census answers.
WASHINGTON DC -- Former White House adviser Karl Rove recently made a public-service announcement urging participation in the count that is under way. Last week, Rep. Patrick McHenry, the ranking Republican on the House committee that oversees the census, issued a statement rejecting critics' contention that the current census is unconstitutional.... McHenry's comment highlights the political stakes at play. The census count determines each state's representation in Congress and the Electoral College, and the drafting of state legislative districts.
It's also the basis for distribution of billions of dollars of federal funding," Kathleen Hennessey, Chicago Tribune. April 12: Census participation patterns vary among large cities
COLUMBUS -- A new analysis of 2010 Census participation rates so far has found wide variation from one city to the next in the degree to which race and ethnic characteristics predict response rates.
Nationally, the analysis by the Center for Urban Research at the City University of New York Graduate Center found a consistent association between an area’s race and Hispanic makeup and its response rate so far. But in looking closely at the nation’s 67 largest cities, the analysis found many local exceptions to nationwide patterns.
For example, neighborhoods where a high share of the population is black tend to have below-average shares of households that have mailed back their census forms. That is even more likely in St. Louis and Boston, the analysis found, but the association is relatively weak in Houston and Atlanta, among others. Neighborhoods that are heavily white have above-average participation rates nationally, but in Honolulu, white neighborhoods have lower participation rates," D'Vera Cohn, Pew Research Center.
COLUMBUS -- It's not too late to mail back your 2010 Census form, and if confusion over
how to answer the questions is what is stopping you from filling it out and
mailing it back, or if you haven't received a form, the U.S. Census Bureau can
help.... One of the main avenues for assistance and information about the form is the 2010 Census Web site. It contains a plethora of information about the 10-question census, including the uses
and history of the questions. It also includes form-filling instructions in 59 languages other than English, as
well as in-language instructional videos and updates on the latest census news.... A new page on the 2010 Census Web site can answer many of the questions people have about how and
where people should be counted," Census Bureau. April 7: Where’s your census form? Local residents among those nationwide complaining they never received their forms
COLUMBUS -- So what should you do if you haven't received a form? Nothing just yet.
Wait until Monday before taking action, Hunter said. That's because a second round of census forms were mailed last week to areas that had low response rates during the 2000 census, and those not receiving a form the first time might get one of those.
If not, you can pick up one at many churches, libraries and community centers. You can find the nearest location by punching in your ZIP code at http://tinyurl.com/yckp3bv. Or you can call 1-866-872-6868 and request that a form be mailed," Bill Bush & Tracy Turner, The Columbus Dispatch. Mar 16: Census brings money home Local offficials urge residents to fill out forms arriving soon
COLUMBUS -- "Your census form is now in the mail, and filling it out could mean a bigger check in the mail to local governments and programs, a group of local officials said yesterday.... The Census Bureau estimates that more than $400 billion per year is doled out based on per-capita formulas influenced by the census, said Ohio Treasurer Kevin L. Boyce, chairman of Ohio's Complete Count Campaign. That's about $1,300 for each person in the nation.
Also, the census is used to determine how many seats each state gets in the U.S. House of Representatives for the next decade, Boyce said," Bill Bush, The Columbus Dispatch. Mar 10: Justice Dept.: Census confidentiality laws trump the Patriot Act
WASHINGTON DC -- "Provisions of the Patriot Act pertaining to information-gathering and -sharing do not override federal confidentiality laws when it comes to the U.S. Census, the Justice Department said this week.
The clarification by government lawyers came at the request of minority lawmakers, who were seeking to allay the fears of constituents about the first national headcount since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.... Civil rights leaders said the clarification will help them convince minorities that it is safe to participate in the Census," Ed O'Keefe, Washington Post. Mar 10: Sen. Brown encourages Ohioans to be counted at Cleveland Rally on 2010 Census Brown releases analysis showing how much federal funding Ohio could lose under different Census count scenarios
CLEVELAND -- "U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) participated in the 'Non-Profits Count!' rally in Cleveland on Monday. Sponsored by the Cleveland Foodbank, Greater Cleveland United Way, and Neighborhood Connections, the rally sought to raise awareness about the importance of all Ohioans being counted in the 2010 decennial census.... The 'Non-Profits Count!' rally was organized by the You Can Count on Me Ohio Campaign, a cooperative effort launched by the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio (COHHIO), Ohio Citizen Action Education Fund, and the Nonprofit Voter Engagement Network. The consortium emphas a complete census count, specifically in areas with the highest-concentration of "hard-to-count" census tracts: Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati. Hard-to-count census tracts share some demographic indicators such as poverty, unemployment, complex household arrangements, and high mobility. These Ohioans depend and benefit most from the kind of resources and services whose funding is apportioned by the census, like public transportation, mental health services and community development grants," Big News Biz. Mar 8: Foreclosures an added challenge for census
CINCINNATI -- "The 2010 Census presents an unprecedented challenge for census takers: Counting people where they live even as the economy is uprooting them from their homes in record numbers.
The U.S. Census Bureau acknowledges that foreclosures are a people-counting problem, but says there's little they can do other than encourage people to fill out the form completely and follow up with those who don't. The once-a-decade census requires heads of households to report everyone living there as of April 1 - regardless of how they got there or how temporary the situation.... In addition to the census form - which will go out to most households next week - the Census Bureau will send out an advance letter beginning today and a follow-up postcard two weeks later. In census tracts where the response rate is less than 60 percent, a second questionnaire will go out," Gregory Korte, Cincinnati Enquirer. Mar 3: Posters, toolkits, fliers, and more
The Census Bureau has developed a wide array of materials to download and print
either in black and white or color. To help choose what to print for a particular
program activity, there are specifications and a brief description of each item. In
many cases, you also have the option of printing materials in different languages
Every ten years, the United States conducts a count of the population known as the Census. The census determines the amount of federal funding states receive for services such as Head Start, Women, Infants and Children program, emergency food and shelter grants, programs for the elderly, and hundreds of other programs we all depend on.
For every person not counted, Ohio could lose $12,000 over the 10-year census cycle. With the economic challenges facing Ohio, we need to work toward a full and accurate count.
Census numbers are also used by government and businesses in determining where to build schools, plan for public transit, and develop retail outlets.
Finally, census data determine the number of members each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives. Ohio is in danger of losing up to two Congressional seats, reducing our representation from 18 to 16.
COLUMBUS -- "The state has launched a new Web site, www.census.ohio.gov, to provide Ohioans with easy-to-get information on the upcoming 2010 census.... The homepage features links to a site with information on temporary census jobs and to a site with lesson plans, maps and other material to help teachers and students learn about the census, the release said.
In addition to the Web site, there will be a '2010 Census Rally' from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 11, at the Statehouse in Columbus with speakers and displays," William Hershey, Dayton Daily News. Jan 4: Invitation to Census 2010 Kick-off Party!
What is the Census? • The census is a count of everyone living in the United States every 10 years.
• The census is mandated by the U.S. Constitution.
• The next census is in 2010.
• Your participation in the census is required by law.
• It takes less than 10 minutes to complete.
• Federal law protects the personal information you share during the census.
• Census data are used to distribute Congressional seats to states, to make decisions about what community services to provide, and to distribute $380 billion in federal funds to local, state and tribal governments each year. Take 10 for the Census Turcer and Herrera talk Census