Forming a local Complete Count Committee
Who can form a local Complete Count Committee?
The Illinois Complete Count Commission wants Illinoisans to form local Complete Count Committee in their communities to help increase participation rates in the 2020 Census. The list of communities participating continues to grow. Check to see if your community has already organized a committee.
What does a local Complete Count Committee do?
- State and local government (regional, county, city or town) or
- Community organizations.
Who can serve on a local Complete Count Committee or Subcommittee?
- Establish methods to communicate the importance of an accurate count of all Illinoisans in the 2020 Census and increase participation rates.
- Develop strategies to motivate people to respond.
- Publicize participation in the census at community and civic events, job fairs, civic organization meetings, university/school events, church events, etc.
- Educate and encourage those who feel threatened by the government collection of their personal information.
- Recognize historically undercounted populations (including, but not limited to, immigrant communities; children under the age of 5; students; the homeless; and the geographically isolated).
- Understand the pulse of the local community.
- Ensure that Illinois leads the nation in response rates.
- Distribute recruiting materials to the public, including hard-to-count areas and communities.
- Build coalitions with community organizations and community leaders.
- Act as a speaker at organized events and meetings to educate and promote the importance of census participation in an effort to recruit additional participants.
- Enlist other "trusted voices" to act as census ambassadors.
- Disseminate information about census job openings for the 2020 Census.
- Register your local Complete Count Committee with the Illinois Complete Count Commission.
- Elected state and local government officials.
- Educational leaders of universities, high schools and elementary/secondary schools, including private institutions and home schooling.
- Faith-based and community organizations consisting of leaders from all religious denominations; ministerial alliances; community organizers; and civic group leaders.
- Statewide and local chambers of commerce, business associations, financial institutions, business owners (particularly small and ethnically-owned businesses) and utility companies.
- Organizations and leaders representing all aspects of minority and historically undercounted communities, as well as local leaders in the immigrant, LGBTQIA, homeless, veterans, senior citizens and disabled communities.
For more information about forming a local Complete Count Committee or to register an already existing local Complete Count Committee contact us.