It’s time to make sure Seminole County Counts. The official 2020 census notifications will start arriving by mail between March 12 and March 20. It is imperative that every Seminole County resident is counted because future state and federal funding dollars, representation and programs will be determined by the population numbers reflected in the 2020 Census.
The mailers will include instructions on how to complete the census online, by phone or by mail. There will be a code on the postcard so that you can go online and fill out the nine questions. The entire survey will take about five minutes. Residents can still fill out the Census without using their code but the importance of the code is that it will identify the resident’s address so no more mailers will be sent as well as a census taker numerator will not show up at your door. It will identify you as counted.
Residents can respond to the census online or over the phone in 13 languages including: English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Russian, Arabic, French, Haitian Creole, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese and Tagalog.
The census will open online responses on March 16, and the Seminole County Public Library can offer assistance if you need help or don’t have access to a computer.
Be aware of scams. See page 9 in this edition for additional information on Census Scams.
The Census Bureau will not send unsolicited emails to request your participation in the 2020 census. Should you suspect fraudulent activity, please do the following: If you receive mail that appears fraudulent verify that the return address is from Jeffersonville, Indiana (this is where the U.S. Census Bureau processing center is located)
If you continue to question the authenticity of the letter or form, call the Atlanta Regional Office at 1-800-424-6974 to verify the household survey.
If someone calls your household to complete a survey call the Customer Service Center at 800-923-8282 to verify the caller is a Census Bureau employee.
If you get an email and think it is spam do not reply, do not click on any links, and do not open any attachments, forward the email or website URL to the Census Bureau at firstname.lastname@example.org; the Census Bureau will investigate and notify you of the finding.
During the 2020 census, field representatives will never ask for your Social Security number, your bank account or credit card numbers, money or donations.
If you suspect fraud, call 800-923-8282 to speak with a local Census Bureau representative. Participating in the census is required by law. A complete and accurate count is critical for you and your community, as the results of the 2020 Census will impact community funding, congressional representation and more.