Protecting the Census

"If you don't respond to the census, you don't exist in the eyes of the government." — Chuck Park, MinKwon Center for Community Action

A complete Census count is the foundation of a fair democracy. Every person living in the United States must be counted, regardless of citizenship status. Over the next decade, 2020 Census data will be used to:

  • reshape Congressional and state legislative districts
  • allocate billions of dollars in federal health care funding, including COVID-19 relief
  • fund transportation, roadwork, and other infrastructure projects
  • support education and child development
  • fuel economic development

Maine won’t get its share — your community won’t get its share — unless everyone participates in the census.

The COVID-19 health crisis is causing severe delays in Census operations, but the count goes on. The League of Women Voters of Maine is taking action to support a complete, accurate count. Here’s how you can help:

Respond. It’s quick, easy, and secure. By law, your information cannot be shared with anyone. 

Spread the word. Check with friends, family, and co-workers to make sure they respond. Ask leaders of clubs, congregations, or other groups that you belong to promote a complete Census count. Refer your contacts to instructional videos in any of 59 languages.

If you have questions or problems, call the Census hotline at 844-330-2020.

Watch for volunteer opportunities in the summer. Stay up to date by following LWVME on Facebook and subscribe to our newsletter

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Respond by phone

Respond online 

The 2020 Questionnaire

The Census at a Glance



On Tuesday, October 13, the US Supreme Court reversed a decision blocking a rushed Census count. The decision meant that the count was allowed to be terminated early. Virginia Kase, CEO of the League of Women Voters, stated: "Census officials have been planning this year’s count for a decade, and they outlined a timeline that would ensure they could reach an accurate count during the COVID-19 pandemic." Unfortunately, the count ended at 11:59 PM Hawaii Time on October 15. 

On Friday, October 16, the US Supreme Court announced that it will speed up the case on Trump's push to alter the Census for House seats. The alteration is an attempt to exclude unauthorized immigrants from the census numbers, which was blocked by a lower court in September. The Justices will hear oral arguments on November 30. 

Census asks Congress to extend its deadline for completing the count 

Impact of Census delay on redistricting by state 

Maine Census Committee Developing Compete Count Strategies

League of Women Voters of the U.S.: Victory on the Citizenship Question


For More Information

What is the 2020 Census?

Track the Census in real time 

Operational Adjustments due to COVID-19 

Fact sheet from the Population Reference Bureau

Step-by-step guide to responding (English)

Step-by-step guides in other languages

Map of Hard-to-Count Communities