Ten, or 11 questions?

The citizenship question remains at issue for the 2020 census.

The 2020 census will ask 10 — or 11 questions — depending on the outcome of the citizenship question.

On June 27, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the Trump administration’s stated reason for adding the citizenship question. But justices left open the chance that the administration could offer an adequate rationale.

Surveys have been printed without the citizenship question, partnership specialist Marc Czornij told members of the Gearhart City Council on Wednesday, July 3. “If you follow the news, you know it’s a constantly changing thing the last 10 days.”

Marc Czornij, partnership specialist with the 2020 Census, at the July 3 meeting of the Gearhart City Council.

Not being counted in the 2020 census will cost Oregonians money — up to $3,200 per person, he said.

Of $883 billion distributed annually, $13.5 billion each year comes to Oregon, along with congressional representation and federal redistricting based on the number of Oregonians counted. “Folks that we miss in the count, that’s not just money we lose in the next fiscal year, but until the next census. There’s quite a lot at stake.”

Czornij works in several Oregon counties along the Columbia River coordinating and communication timelines, expectations and information regarding the upcoming 2020 census to elected offices, community benefit organizations and members of the faith community.

“We are working with the counties in the state, along with all the cities and towns to give an update on the 2020 timeline and what to look out for,” Czornij said.

The response period begins March 12, with the goal of making response as “convenient and accessible as possible,” via internet, phone, paper and in person. Each household will receive up to five mailings.

The 2020 census marks the first time an internet option is available for self-reporting.

Households that don’t respond by early May could see a home visit from enumerators — census counters — Czornij said.

More than 4.2 million people living in 1.8 million housing units are expected to be counted.

Meanwhile, the Census Bureau is hiring.

Scheduling is flexible, for supervisory and nonsupervisory positions, with a pay rate between $17.50 and $19.50 per hour.

Members of the public are also sought to join the complete count committee, “to identify, educate and motivate hard-to-count populations” in the area. These include immigrants, children younger than five seniors, homeless, migrant workers, renters and those with internet concerns.

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