Complete Count Committees at the state, county, city and/or tribal levels are intended to bring together community leaders to work together for a complete and accurate count of residents in the targeted area. For us, that area is the state of Washington; and Governor Inslee launched the statewide effort on October 8, 2018. Chaired by former Governor and former U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, the committee combines the expertise and knowledge of a representative group of local community, business, philanthropic, and elected leaders to strategize about how to:
Invite, collaborate, and participate in community organizing meetings to educate and raise awareness about the importance of the census to every family residing and every business operating in the state!
Start or join a discussion on outreach. We need everyone’s ideas about how to educate and create awareness and trust in the Census process. An accurate census benefits every resident in the state.
The U.S. Census Bureau needs to hire hundreds of thousands of people across the country to do field work, to connect with communities, and to manage the process. In Washington, there will be five Area Census Offices: Seattle, Everett, Olympia, Spokane and Tacoma. You can help Washington by identifying and encouraging people in your community to apply for these jobs.
The decennial U.S. Census has been characterized as the largest peacetime mobilization. It's a complex exercise that involves 35 separate operations, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Just as the data collection effort began, the nation shut down due to COVID-19.
An accurate census will drive decisions that will affect economic investments in communities in Washington and the weight of its political influence until 2031. For every 100 households missed in the 2020 Census count, the state could lose up to $5.8 million, which would affect the ability to support children, veterans, senior citizens and middle- and low-income families adequately. An accurate count of Washington's communities will ensure the fair distribution of taxpayers' funds and political representation.