You’ve got mail. Don’t forget to reply … to the census

Your invitation to the 2020 census is on its way. It's the first census to rely on an online tool for most responses.


National News

March 12, 2020 - 9:47 AM

Some of the paper work previously used by census takers. Photo by (Boris Yaro/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

WASHINGTON — By the end of this week, millions of households will have received an invitation to complete the 2020 census, the first one ever to rely on an online tool for most responses.

The majority of the country will get a postcard with an address-specific ID number needed to complete the questionnaire through an online portal that launches Thursday. Some households in internet-starved areas will get a paper questionnaire.

The online option represents the most public portion of a series of innovations for this year’s census. The federal government has invested more than $15 billion in the once-in-a-decade count, which has high stakes for the distribution of 435 congressional seats, $1.5 trillion in federal spending and countless private business decisions.

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