Be Counted, Atlanta

Local efforts to increase self-responses to the 2020 efforts include a vibrant
Census truck. An innovative Be Counted campaign in currently underway and is aimed at
encouraging Atlanta residents in underserved areas to complete their census. The message is
simple, “If you see the truck in your neighborhood that means the responses to the 2020 census
are low.”

One of the most visible initiatives, the Be Counted truck that features images of Mayor Keisha
Bottoms on one side and rapper activist Killer Mike on the other, is stationed at various
destinations within the Atlanta area where heads of households can complete the 2020
census on site. Residents that complete the Census and register to vote can receive free
haircuts, $20 Wayfield Foods and more in an environment that conforms to COVID
regulations.

The Be Counted truck is intended to help citizens with myriad of challenges they are facing at
this time- from taking care of basic needs like food and essential items- to accessibility to Wi-Fi.
The vibrantly wrapped Be Counted truck will amplify traditional canvassing and activities.

Citizens are urged to #followthetruck and go to @newdopeness to follow the times and
locations of the truck.


About the Census

The 2020 Census is confidential, safe, and most importantly easy; with this decennial offer three
ways to respond. Citizens can respond to the census by the invitation that was mailed to their
homes; through their mobile devices or computers by visiting www.my2020census.gov; or they
can call toll-free to 1-844-330-2020 and complete it with a live representative. The entire
process takes less than 10 minutes to complete (depending on family size) and citizens are only
asked to answer 10 simple questions about themselves and those who live in their household.

Every 10 years the U.S. Census Bureau conducts the nation’s population count through the
census. This count is a snapshot of who we are, where we live, and so much more. Responding
to the census is not only your civic duty; it also affects the amount of funding your community
receives and how your community plans for the future. Data from the census provide the basis
for distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to communities across the
country to support vital programs—impacting housing, education, transportation, employment,
health care, and public policy. The census is also used to redraw the boundaries of
congressional and state legislative districts and accurately determine the number of
congressional seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Deadline to complete the census is Wednesday, October 31, 2020. Anyone that has not
completed it as of yet should self-respond online at www.my2020census.gov or by calling 1-
844-330-2020. Note, that there are over 100 languages available; contact the number above for
assistance. Citizens can also complete the Census questionnaire when an official U.S. Census
taker knocks on your door. Find out if Census takers are in your area by texting “DOOR” to
442020.

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