Eastern Shore Regional Census Complete Count Committee

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Eastern Shore Regional Complete Count Committee 

 Census 2020

Count everyone once, only once, and in the right place. 

Once a decade, America comes together to count every resident in the United States, creating national awareness of the importance of the census and its valuable statistics.

The Census counts our population and households, providing the basis for reapportioning congressional seats, redistricting, and distributing more federal funds ($675 billion federal dollars to state and local governments) annually to support states, counties and communities’ vital programs — impacting poverty and housing, elderly, education, transportation, employment, emergency personnel, and healthcare.  

Click here to view the SAMPLE Census questionnaire

How to Identify Census Representatives & Verify a Census Bureau Survey, Mailing, or Contact

 2020 Census Goals:

  • Count everyone in America’s diverse and growing population once, only once and in the right place.
  • Ensure a complete and accurate county in the 2020 Census is crucial to Virginia’s economy as the Census data is used to help determine how approximately $675 billion dollars is distributed from the federal government to state and local governments.
  • It is estimated that Virginia will lose up to $2,000 annually for each person not counted in the 2020 Census. That amounts to upwards of $20,000, per person over a 10-year period.
  • Additionally, census data is used for attracting new businesses to states and local areas, planning for hospitals and other health services, and designing public safety strategies.

2020 Census Key Notes:

  1. Immigration status/citizenship will not be a question on the 2020 Census, following the June 27th Supreme Court ruling.
  2. The Census will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.
  3. Personally Identifiable Information (PII) collected for the 2020 Decennial Census cannot be released for 72 years. Count everyone living in your household on April 1, 2020 (newborns, roommates, adult children). For every person not counted by the U.S. Census Bureau, the Eastern Shore of Virginia could lose an estimated $20,000 in federal funding for each person who goes uncounted in the 2020 Census.
  4. The U.S. Census is also used to determine the number of law enforcement officers, teachers, and seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Fighting 2020 Census Rumors: To review the Census web page created to fight rumors, click here

Complete Count Committee

The Accomack and Northampton Supervisors have authorized the creation of a Regional Complete County Committee (CCC).  The committee will assist with education and promotion of the upcoming Census to ensure participation from all people living on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. 

For more information on the Virginia Complete Count Commission visit their website.

CCC’s will incorporate local knowledge, trusted voices, and resources to promote the Census and inform residents of the importance of obtaining an accurate and complete count for the 2020 Census. Local community members are most qualified to understand the best way to reach all populations that reside in their area.

 For any questions regarding the Eastern Shore Regional Complete Count Committee or sub-committee representative, please contact Mrs. Jessica Taylor Hargis: jessicahargis@co.accomack.va.us  / (757) 787-5704. 

CCC Bylaws

Subcommittee Representative(s)
 Business Robie Marsh
 Community Organizations & Faith-Based Karen Downing 
 Education Chris Holland & Eddie Lawrence
 Library Cara Burton
 Older Americans Donna Sample-Smith
 Immigrant Marisa Sanchez
 Social Services Vicki Weakley & Mozella Francis


CCC Agenda Packets

 November 4, 2019  2019.11.04 Agenda Packet
 November 25, 2019  2019.11.25 Agenda Packet
 December 9, 2019  2019.12.09 Agenda Packet
 December 30, 2019 (No Quorum)  2019.12.30 Agenda Packet
 January 13, 2020  2020.01.13 Agenda Packet
 January 27, 2020  2020.01.27 Agenda Packet
 February 10, 2020  2020.02.10  Agenda Packet
 February 24, 2020  2020.02.24 Agenda Packet
 March 9, 2020  

 Census Timeline

Awareness Phase (January – March 2020)
From January through March the U.S. Census Bureau and the Commonwealth of Virginia, will begin to air public service announcements to increase the awareness that the Census is coming very soon.  Communications will increase reminding everyone of the importance of the Census and the various ways to respond.  The purpose of this phase is to highlight the message that the 2020 Census is easy, important, confidential and safe.    

March 2020: Reminder letters and invitations to respond online.  Internet Self-Response begins.
*Some households will receive a paper questionnaire, if in an area deemed less likely to respond online; instructions on how to respond online or by phone will be included.
April 1: Census Day! Respondents are able to respond via the internet, telephone, or paper questionnaire.
April 8-19: Reminder and a paper questionnaire send to those who have not responded.
April 20-27: Postcard reminder prior to in-person follows-ups. No matter what was received, Census representatives will follow-up in person with all non-responsive households and allow the opportunity to respond in person.
July 2020: Internet Census self-response closes
September 30: All data collection closes

Responding to the Census

The 2020 Census Internet Choice Questionnaire Package will optimize self-response by enabling people to respond via multiple modes, including internet, paper, or telephone.

  • You can complete the Census online; the website link and your unique ID will be on the materials you received in the mail.
  • Fill out a paper form you receive in the mail.
  • Call the toll-free number provided in the materials you receive from the Census Bureau. A Census employee will help you complete the form over the phone.

    *If you do not use the methods above, an Enumerator (Census Taker) will visit your residence.

Hard to Count Areas

Communities of color, urban and rural low-income households, immigrants, and young children have historically been under-counted, which has deprived these already vulnerable communities of the fair representation and vital community resources we all need to build a thriving community.

  • Children under age 5, many do not realize the importance of counting children and babies. The failure to count this group means fewer resources for education, housing and healthcare for the next 10 years (from both government and private foundations).
  • Populations that speak little or no English, under-count is the result of numerous barriers including language, poverty, education, and immigration status.
  • Immigrant communities, specifically Hispanics, many are on high alert for government agencies, fearing for their safety and livelihoods in the United States. These communities tend to be hard to count under the best circumstances, but with strong fears of their data being shared with and resulting in deportation; they are currently at higher risk than ever of not responding to the census.
  • High poverty areas, many low-income areas have residences that are rental homes and often tenants are not aware that they should still complete the form. Low-income households typically do not have internet, the 2020 Census will be completed almost entirely online, making these households more likely to be missed.
  • African Americans, primarily children and young adult males were missed in the 2010 Census – approximately 3.7 million in the country. When under-counted, AA’s receive less political representation in Congress and state legislatures, making public and provide resources hard to access and less likely to meet the needs of the community.

Outreach Materials:

General PSA materials

Outreach Toolkits


U.S. Census Employment Opportunities
(These employment opportunities are not affiliated with the counties of Accomack or Northampton)

The Census Bureau is still hiring for all levels, training provided.
Jobs are listed by state on www.2020census.gov/jobs (En español) or directly contact Ms. Terry Gross, Recruiting Assistant: 845-551-2576 / Theresa.A.Gross@2020Census.gov.