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TAKE THE CENSUS TODAY! The Census closes September 30th and we need EVERY MAINER to be counted!

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MAINERS: IT'S TIME TO BE COUNTED!

Breaking: The Census Bureau announced that data collection will end early with a new closing deadline of September 30th, a month sooner than previously announced.

The 2020 U.S. Census is underway and funding for schools, health care, programs for seniors, infrastructure, and many other vital programs we rely on in Maine is riding on everyone’s participation. For the first time you can complete the Census online. So easy, so important!

We need every Mainer to be counted. Please visit my2020Census.gov today. Currently, Maine lags behind dozens of states regarding participation in the Census. We must turn this around and make sure every Mainer is counted. You can review each state's participation rate here.

You can participate by phone (1-844-330-2020), online, or by mail.

WHY FILL OUT THE US CENSUS FORM?

Because Maine receives $4,114,357, 289 each year through 55 federal programs guided by US Census data.

These funds are Maine roads, schools, hospitals, nutrition programs, and public services in local communities large and small. This money may also be earmarked for emergency services. In addition to the allocation of federal dollars, the number of congressional seats and Electoral College votes allotted to each state are also the result of census numbers.

For every Mainer who does not complete the Census, our state stands to lose tens of thousands of dollars over the next decade. Currently, Maine lags behind

  • Census Dollars are Healthcare Dollars

Filling out the 2020 Census will determine billions of dollars in Medical funding for Maine like Medicare Part B, Medicaid, health care centers, and nutrition and home care programs for seniors.

  • Census Dollars Impact our Communities

Census data determines where hospitals, parks, roads and more are built. Business owners rely on census data to open new stores, restaurants, or offices. The 2020 Census will determine funds for housing programs, home heating assistance, transportation grants, and community service programs.

  • Census Responses Determine Political Representation

Every 10 years the census determines how many seats Maine gets in the House of Representatives.

  • Who is included in the Census?

The Census Bureau includes every person living in the United States regardless of citizenship or immigration status in the count. There are also specific guidelines available at www.census.gov regarding how the 2020 census will count deployed troops, college students, incarcerated people, those displaced by natural disasters and other groups in unique living situations.

  • Remember: Every Mainer matters!

If Maine has a low participation rate in the U.S. Census, our state won’t get its fair share of funding…for the next 10 years! In 2020, let’s not be undercounted.


US CENSUS SCAM ALERT

It’s against the law for the Census Bureau to publicly release personal information that can be used to identify you or your household. Your responses, by law, cannot be used against you or shared with any government agency, law enforcement, or landlord. Census data can only be used to produce statistics. The Census Bureau will NOT ask for the following personal information:

· Social Security number
· Mother’s maiden name
· Bank or credit card information
· Money or donations
· Support of a political party

If you suspect fraud or feel unsure about the legitimacy of a Census mailing or field contact, call the AARP Fraud Watch Network at 877-908-3360 or the Census Bureau at 800-923-8282.

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