Monday, May 3, 2010
Have you filled out your 2010 census? You know it only takes less than 10 minutes, and you should've gotten the form in the mail already.
The Census is the United State's attempt to get a head count of all its citizens. That head count helps to allocate funds for spending in your city/state.
It also plays a huge role in how your voice is heard. Did you know that the number of state representatives (House of Representatives) given to each state is based on that state's population (although every state gets at least one).
States with higher populations have more representatives in Congress, like California, New York, and Texas to name a few.
These three states, along with Arizona and Florida are in jeopardy of loosing representatives, due to a lack of participation with the 2010 census. Some states that were expecting to gain a representative, may not see that gain, and some states that held the record for highest number of reps, may see less representation.
With that said, all the complaining you or someone else may have been doing in regards to our current President, the health care reform, the new state laws in Arizona (Immigration), or something as simple as the lack of public transportation systems in your neighborhood, wont be heard by who needs to hear it because you haven't taken that ten minutes to fill out your 2010 Census.
What you going to do? SPREAD THE WORD
A large portion of missing census reports is believed to be due to a lack of participation from the Latino community, which makes up over 50% of the population growth for most of the states mentioned in this post. So ask yourself, your neighbor, your co-workers, and your Latino friends if they have filled out their CENSUS. If they haven't help them do so.