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The deadline to complete the Census is Oct. 31


The deadline to complete the Census is Oct. 31

Sounders FC, Seahawks, Seattle Storm, Seattle Mariners, OL Reign, and Seattle Kraken, have come together with Seattle Unite in a campaign called the Democracy Cup to encourage all of us to complete the Census, register to vote, and vote.

You have until Oct. 31 to complete the Census and be counted. It's important to participate in the 2020 Census which will determine funding our state and community receives, including emergency aid, housing assistance, health care, job programs and more. The federal government distributes more than $1.5 trillion in federal spending, and the results of the Census determine how much funding each state receives.  The Census also determines the number of representatives Washington state has in the House of Representatives. 

The 2020 Census is an effort to count everyone in the country. The Census is conducted every 10 years, so it's important that you are counted. The Census is a short questionnaire available in multiple languages that asks basic information about your household and the people who live in it. It takes less than ten minutes to answer the questionnaire. There are three ways to respond to the Census, either online, by mail or phone.

What to look for in the mail

You may have received multiple mailings from the Census Bureau in March or April, including an invitation to respond to the 2020 Census and follow-up postcards and letters. If you do not respond online or by phone, you may also receive a paper questionnaire.

Census takers in your neighborhood

As the Census Bureau continues to monitor the evolving COVID-19 outbreak, they will adjust census taker operations as necessary in order to follow the guidance of federal, state and local health authorities.

Avoiding scams online

A key way to identify scam websites is to look at the website's address. All valid Census Bureau websites will always have ".gov" at the end. provides key information about the 2020 Census and how to respond. is the direct website address you can use to respond to the 2020 Census online. will also direct you to to respond.

It is important to know that the Census Bureau will not send unsolicited emails to request your participation in the 2020 Census. You won't receive Census Bureau emails unless you have signed up to receive them. Remember, the Census Bureau will never ask for your information via email. Further, during the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau will never ask for:

  • Your Social Security number.
  • Your bank account or credit card numbers.
  • Anything on behalf of a political party.
  • Money or donations.

In addition, the Census Bureau will not contact you on behalf of a political party.

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