Almost 300 years ago Paul Revere rode through the streets screaming the British are coming. Or so the history books say. We assume the small population of our revolutionary dawning was known more to each other than to a newly forming government. Their needs weren’t consistently polled by Pew and Gallup. The literacy rate was abysmally low making the newly flourishing press only a one-way information road. How did the revolutionaries know if they had enough people with the same fervor to start the war heard around the world? They didn’t. They guessed. We cannot allow our country and our current needs to go unheard. The census is a quick and easy way to raise your political voice and solidify your citizenship one more time.
The Census is a Vote
Some people may go to the voting polls once a year while others show up every four years. That’s okay but you can’t miss that vote in the census. Your Congressional member representation depends on the population of a place, state, and region. Migration patterns and populations across America direct the distribution of Congressional House seats. The more seats in Congress, the increased power and resources directed back to your state.
Rural Lives Matter
The 2016 presidential election proved rural voices matter. They must raise their voices again and solidify their place in history as the voices of America. Rural areas, similar to states, can lose political representation. We know that politicians now use social media as a tool for connecting to voters. Their email lists are their basic generating tool for deciding population-at least their voting population. If only 24% of rural Americans have access to high-speed internet then how many people are actually counted in as residents? Rural citizens need to show up and show out in another surprising manner to be counted in the census.
Minority No More
The census doesn’t pick and choose the minority status of an ethnicity-you do when you vote in the census. Minorities are undercounted by millions due to their lack of participation in the census. The census has historically undercounted African-Americans and now Asians and Latinos as well. If you want the representation, resources, and continued minority status benefits then you must vote. Don’t let the census count you out of important resources that will pave the road for your future generations.
Money Matches Population
It all boils down to crisp, cold cash. The census is the tool used to decide appropriations for government funding. Larger populations are an indicator of increased funding since they have more people. Government transfers which include unemployment, Medicare, Social Security, WIC, SNAP, agriculture grants and more, must be balanced for our federal budget to be effective. Think of it as your own budget. If you consistently leave out a few bills then you will not have enough money to pay them. If the federal government doesn’t have a real number of people in need then receiving that money is difficult. Once the government decides the budget for certain programs that’s all they’re going to have in the bank. When more people appear on their transfer roll, monies they could have requested during budget proceedings are already sent to different departments. There is no return of funding or switching funding-federal departments don’t borrow from each other. Keep federal cash flowing seamlessly for your needs by voting with your pocket in the census.
Uncle Sam doesn’t use the census to interfere with your personal life. They already have everything they need through consumer email lists and Facebook. Help yourself by being counted in. Make your voice count here: https://2020census.gov/en.html.