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Door-to-door Census campaign begins in Utah to find those who haven't filled out forms yet

Posted at 9:53 AM, Aug 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-12 11:53:02-04

SALT LAKE CITY — You may have filled out your census form online back in February.

But if you didn't, you’ll still get counted. Census workers hit the ground in Utah Tuesday.

In the past, it was all door-to-door information collection. This year things were different. It was the first time the census was done partially online.

So far about 67 percent of Utahns have filled out their census form, but in order to get to 100 percent, census workers have to go the traditional route and knock on doors.

“We are just happy and excited to let everybody know that if you haven`t responded to the census, somebody might knock on your door,” said Coralys Ruiz, a media specialist with Census Bureau Utah.

Staff here in Utah say there are a few things you can look for to identify a census worker going door-to-door.

“People can request to see the ID,” Ruiz said. “The ID will have a watermark of the logo of the Department of Commerce. Also, census workers are going to have a handheld device like the one I have here. And as you can see it has our logo, it has our information in there.”

Census workers will only ask for information about your household.

“A census worker will never ask for your bank account, your social security number or your credit card number,” Ruiz said.

The coronavirus pandemic has impacted this year's census, but workers say they are ready to deal with that as well.

“It's a non-contact interaction,” Ruiz said. “Because we are following the CDC guidelines as well as our state guidelines.”

There is still time to fill out the census online if you want to avoid a knock on your door.

“What we're wanting is people to respond without having a person go into their homes,” Ruiz said. “People have time until September 30 to either give us a call, go online to 2020 and respond or respond by mail.”

For resources to help you with Census 2020, click here.