Census 2020

Who We Are

The Census Committee spent several months in 2019 tracking the proposal to add a question about citizenship to the 2020 Census. During that time, LWVUS joined over 300 civil rights, faith, and labor groups to call on Congress to hold oversight hearings on Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’ decision to include such a question on the Census form.
On June 27, 2019, the Supreme Court determined that a citizenship question would not be included on the 2020 Census.

What We Do

Currently we are connecting with the Office of Community Partnerships and Shawn Ellis, 2020 Census Coordinator for Montgomery County to offer support as Census gets underway. We are studying ways we can provide practical help for a complete count. We are also interested in how the census impacts redistricting and the distribution of federal funding for education, roads, health care facilities, etc. The committee is also interested in the procedures used to collect census data; for example, what impact will the online collection of data have on the response rate.

What You Can Do

We welcome your help as a “researcher” and a doer. We need League members to help support the collection of Census data.

What We’re Keeping An Eye On


Census Day is April 1, 2020. A full, accurate count of every person living in the US is mandated by the US Constitution every 10 years. The results of the decennial Census are important because they determine how many representatives each state gets in Congress as well as how federal funds are distributed among states and municipalities to support schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other vital programs.

Because the accuracy of the data is so important to the general well-being of Montgomery County residents, the LWVMC 2020 Census Committee has identified ways in which LWVMC members can help the County overcome the challenges of getting an accurate count. These opportunities include:

Becoming a Census Ambassador

Census Ambassadors are trained by the Montgomery County Office of Community Partnerships and the US Census Bureau to educate County residents and to provide outreach by hosting information tables, distributing promotional material, or answering questions about the Census. Because Montgomery County is so diverse, people who are fluent in languages other than English are encouraged to contribute in this way.

Census Ambassador trainings are scheduled to take place from 7 pm - 8:30 pm in the 2nd floor meeting room of the Rockville Memorial Library located at 21 Maryland Ave, Rockville, MD on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, January 22
  • Tuesday, February
  • Tuesday, March 3

Those who are interested in becoming a Census Ambassador can register for a training at: http://bit.ly/2QLgBcC

Becoming a LWVMC 2020 Census Event Volunteer

For the first time, all US residents are being encouraged to complete the 2020 Census form online. This may be a challenge for some seniors. You can assist them by signing up for a LWVMC 2020 Census Event.

These events will be held in Gaithersburg, Rockville and Silver Spring between March 16, 2020 and April 15, 2020 at selected independent living communities and community centers serving villages designed to enable seniors to age in place. Each event will be two hours long. During these sessions, LWVMC volunteers will not only help seniors complete the 2020 Census online but also will help them verify that they are properly registered to vote.

Volunteers will be asked to participate in at least one event near their homes and to attend a 45-minute orientation session on March 14, 2020. The orientation session will be co-led by Yoke San Reynolds from the 2020 Census Committee and Marge Wexler from the Making Democracy Work, Voter Registration Subcommittee.

If you are interested in taking part in these events or have questions about them, please contact Cynthia Boddie-Willis, 2020 Census Committee Co-Chair, at cbodwil@aol.com or (240) 686-6931.

Contact: Judy Davis and Cynthia Boddie-Willis, co chairs.