Census 2020

Everyone Counts! The 2020 Census

Census Day is April 1st, 2020, the day when the U.S. Census Bureau starts to count every person in the United States.  The U.S. Constitution requires a count of the nation’s population every 10 years to determine the number of congressional representatives for each state.  The government also uses census data to distribute an estimated $600 billion dollars in federal funding annually. 

To find out more about why it is so important for every California resident (not citizen) be counted, check out the City of Mountain View’s website on the Census.

Core to the League of Women Voter’s mission is to uphold our democracy and ensure that all voices are heard. We are partnering with Santa Clara County’s Census Complete Count Campaign to reach out to our community about the importance of the census. The County of Santa Clara has dedicated resources and expertise to develop a comprehensive, collaborative and ongoing effort to identify hard-to-count populations and identify the most effective ways to encourage participation in the census.  

Julie Cates, as the League of Women Voters Santa Clara County representative to the Census Complete Count Campaign, is working with League members to share their community partnerships and education expertise to reach hard to count populations. To learn how League members are supporting the Census locally, visit the LWV SCC 2020 Census Resources Website. Contact Julie Cates if you would like to be involved in securing a complete and accurate count.


In 2020 the League of Women Voters (LWV) will celebrate its 100th anniversary and the LWVC joins more than 700 other local and state chapters to celebrate this historic milestone.

As we look to a vibrant future on the threshold of our next 100 years, the League is excited that dedicated members across California continue to steadily attract significant numbers of activists who share the League’s commitment to Making Democracy Work.

The League of Women Voters president, Chris Carson, issued the following statement regarding the League’s efforts ahead:

Today we are faced with many challenges that threaten to compromise our democracy. Our efforts to support voting rights and to fight against voter suppression and discrimination at the local, state and national levels have been very successful, and this has been achieved primarily by educating and empowering voters, circulating special petitions, and intervening in several critical court cases.

The League’s historic commitment to register, educate and mobilize voters is not only stronger, but more effective than ever, utilizing such tools as Voter’s Edge—a cutting-edge election information website utilized by millions of voters each election cycle.

Dora Rose, Deputy Director of the LWVC, had this to say about the LWVC’s work to come:

We will continue to fight voter discrimination and to keep secret money out of our elections to ensure that our elections are fair, free and accessible. We’ll also continue to push for improved access to housing as well as recognizing that Climate Change is a scientific reality that must be addressed to ensure a sustainable planet for everyone.

One hundred years after the League was founded in 1920, members of the League are proud of the great progress achieved when it comes to truly Making Democracy Work.

Thanks to LWV North County San Diego for article content