KOM partners with CAPI USA to educate the community about the importance of civic engagement and participating in the US Census 2020.
Mailing of the U.S. census 2020 will begin March 12-20, 2020.
Many will receive letters on how to do the survey online while some will receive paper forms of the survey. Be on the lookout for the letter when it arrives in your mailbox.
Why is it important?
To ensure that each state and district has accurate and equal representation as every 10 years the seats of the House are reassigned, and districts boundaries are redrawn due to the changes in population.
Statistics that are created from the census will be made public. The information it provides allows the government, organizations and individuals the ability to identify areas where attention is needed, and resources should be directed.
What happens if I don’t respond or fill out the form?
Those who do not respond will receive follow up letters and phone calls.
Failure to fill out the form or providing inaccurate information may result in legal fines. Incomplete forms may be followed by a call or a visit from a representative.
What kind of questions will they ask?
The forms will ask about your address and information about each person living in your household. That information includes name, sex, age and date of birth, race and ethnicity, and relation to other people in the household.
They do not ask about social security number, driver’s license number, or other state ID. There is also no question on the 2020 Census about citizenship status.
Will my information be kept confidential?
According to the United States Census Bureau, your information will be kept confidential. It will not be, “shared with immigration agencies, law enforcements, or affect your eligibility to acquire government benefits.”
How can I help?
We need your help to make sure everyone is counted! Sign up to volunteer for a phone banking shift to remind our Minnesota community to fill out the census and give them the information they need.
As part of this work, we offer voter education sessions in the fall that focus on informing community members about how to register to vote, how to find and get to their polling locations, and providing a list of all open positions up for election in their areas.
Another important piece of the program is reminding folks to get out and vote! KOM participates in National Voter Registration Day on September 24, 2019, and Get Out The Vote activities on November 2 – November 4, 2019 leading up to election day on November 5, 2019.
KOM’s Civic Engagement Coordinator, Hta Thi Yu Moo, explained that voter education is important because KOM serves “many elders and new citizens who are unfamiliar with the election process.” Hta Thi continued to say that KOM’s work does not promote a specific political party, but rather raises awareness about elections and empowering members of the Karen community to make an informed decision. At KOM, we offer civic engagement to educate our community to understand and exercise their civic rights.
For more information about the Civic Engagement Program, contact Hta Thi Yu Moo, Weaving & Civic Engagement Coordinator.
Funded by a grant from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation and CAPI USA.