Casa San Jose reminds residents of Pennsylvania, regardless of immigration status,
to respond to the U.S. Census to help shape the future of our communities
Pittsburgh, PA, September 09th, 2020_ Today, Casa San José reminds everyone in
Pennsylvania, regardless of immigration status, to fill out the U.S. Census form by
September 30th to ensure equal representation and equal access to important
governmental and private sector resources for everyone, including across racial and ethnic
Monica Ruiz, the Executive Director of Casa San Jose, said, “I encourage everyone,
without exception, to respond to the form by mail, by phone or online. It only takes 10
minutes . There is no citizenship question in the Census form. Therefore, as Latinos we
should not be afraid of filling it out. Federal law protects our responses. By completing the
Census we are shaping the future of our communities in Pennsylvania. By getting
everyone counted, we are ensuring fair access to federal funding to improve schools ,
housing, health care services, transportation and more. As Latinos, we need to ensure that
we are represented.”
Pennsylvanians who have not responded to the 2020 Census should expect a Census
enumerator to contact them in person or over the phone. All Census workers must carry a
valid ID badge with their photo, U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and expiration
date. Residents can call 800-923-8282 to check if a visitor works for the Census.
Residents do not need to be concerned about safety and security, as Census answers
can’t be used against an individual, and data security is managed by security experts
operating at the highest levels. Under Title 13 of the U.S. Code, the U.S. Census Bureau
cannot release any information that identifies individuals, and anyone who breaks this law
faces a fine of up to $250,000 and/or up-to five years in prison.
Your voice matters in shaping Pennsylvania’s future! Complete the Census today to
guarantee fair funding for our local schools and hospitals as well as a fair representation in
Washington DC and Harrisburg.
At Casa San Jose, we will keep working tirelessly to make everyone count as a way to
contribute to a better future for our growing Latinx community in Pittsburgh.
FAQs by ILCR
The election is around the corner! Not only for President, but for US Representatives to Congress, State Representatives and Senators, and State Attorney General. Their policies will impact immigrant communities – and all of us – enormously. Our state representatives in particular will decide on key issues for immigrants such as access to driver’s licenses and tuition equity.
We join our partner PICC in recommending:
1. Register to Vote by Oct. 19, 2020
The first step is making sure you are registered to vote. All eligible residents of PA can register online (the application is available in English and Spanish by choosing the language on screen). If you have moved recently, check your registration and update with your current address.
2. Request your Mail-In Ballot by Oct. 27, 2020
Stay safe and healthy by voting from home! All registered voters in PA can request a mail-in ballot this year (the application is available in English and Spanish by choosing the language on screen).
3. When it arrives, return your ballot by Nov. 3, 2020 – but the sooner the better!
Your completed ballot must be RECEIVED by the county board of election by 8:00pm, Tuesday Nov. 3, 2020. This means you should mail the ballot early or drop it off in person at your county election office.
If you include an email address you will receive email updates on the status of your application and ballot. You can also check the status online.
4. If you choose not to vote with a mail-in ballot, you can vote in-person on Nov. 3, 2020
If you want to vote in-person, polls will be open 7:00am-8:00pm on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. Polling locations are likely to change this year, so make sure to check for your polling location before you leave the house on Election Day!
For more information and resources on PA elections: www.votespa.com.
For more information on voting, please contact our Community Organizer on Social and Civic Engagement, Benjamin Gutschow at 412-670-1935.