The 2020 census is underway, and people can respond online, by phone, or on a paper questionnaire. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, people have three more months to complete the form. The new deadline is Oct. 31.
To fill out the questionnaire online, go to https://www.my2020census.gov. Enter your census ID, if you have one, or your street address.
To respond by phone, call (844) 330-2020. There are other phone numbers so people can complete the questionnaire in other languages.
The U.S. Census Bureau has also postponed field activities because of the pandemic. Field workers, who drop off questionnaires and follow up with households that haven’t completed the questionnaire, will start making the rounds on June 1.
Some people in rural areas may receive their census form from a field worker, not in the mail, so not everyone here will have a form yet.
Even if you don’t have a paper questionnaire or an invitation to fill one out, it’s possible to complete the questions online, even without a census ID. People can enter their address and answer the nine questions that way.
The Census Bureau has also extended the time for delivering final apportionment counts to the president, from the end of this year till April 30, 2021.
The bureau also has four extra months to provide redistricting data to the states. Those numbers are now due July 31, 2021.