The City of Atlanta and the Urban League of Greater Atlanta (UGLA) has partnered with the This Is Dope Agency (TID) and is taking it to the streets with an innovative non-partisan campaign to increase participation in the 2020 Census.

In addition to Census participation, TID and ULGA are also encouraging Atlanta residents to register to vote, reconfirm their voter status and then, most importantly, participate in early voting or show up to the polls on election day. The vibrantly wrapped “ATL Counts Census 2020” truck will amplify traditional canvassing and activities across the city of Atlanta!

The truck is stationed at various destinations within the Atlanta area where heads of households can complete the Census on site. Citizens are receiving free haircuts, participating in giveaways and take advantage of other resources in an environment that conforms to COVID-19 regulations.

Every 10 years the U.S. Census Bureau conducts the nation’s population count through the census. This count is a snapshot of who we are, where we live, and so much more. Responding to the census is not only your civic duty; it also affects the amount of funding your community receives and how your community plans for the future.

Data from the census provide the basis for distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to communities across the country to support vital programs—impacting housing, education, transportation, employment, health care, and public policy.

The census is also used to redraw the boundaries of congressional and state legislative districts and accurately determine the number of congressional seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The 2020 Census is confidential, safe, and, most importantly, easy. Citizens can respond to the census by the invitation that was mailed to their homes; through their mobile devices or computers by visiting www.my2020census.gov; or they can call toll-free to 1-844-330-2020 and complete it with a live representative.

The entire process takes less than 10 minutes to complete (depending on family size) and citizens are only asked to answer 10 simple questions about themselves and those who live in their household.

The deadline to complete the census is Monday, Oct. 5. Anyone that has not completed it as of yet should self-respond online at www.my2020census.gov or by calling 1-844-330-2020. Note, that there are over 100 languages available; contact the number above for assistance.

Citizens can also complete the Census questionnaire when an official U.S. Census taker knocks on your door. Find out if Census takers are in your area by texting “DOOR” to 442020. 

Check out Atlanta’s #2020Census team in action, giving haircuts and helping people fill out the Census. (City of Atlanta)

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