To the Editor:
Each of us is critical to the U.S. Census.
As we shelter in place and practice social distancing, we are also experiencing American compassion. Members of the League of Women Voters of Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Area are practicing these measures for the safety of all. And, we continue our efforts to defend our democratic rights and responsibilities.
One very important responsibility is the 2020 Census mandated by our U.S. Constitution. This count of every person in our nation, Beaufort County included - citizens and noncitizens - will bring federal money to our community for education, healthcare, infrastructure, state and federal representatives in our legislatures, and more.
No one in our community should fear completing the Census, since the Supreme Court ruled that there would be no question on the form about the citizenship of people living in a house, and there isn't. If parts of the community do not participate in the count, we won't get federal dollars to move us ahead.
Don't fail to participate in the 2020 Census, respond by April 1:
• online at 2020census.gov
• by calling 844-330-2020 for English and 844-468-2020 for Spanish, from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.
• by mail if you received the short questionnaire
Our community is counting on you!
Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Area
League of Women Voters