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As we celebrate the life and legacy of the Honorable John Robert Lewis and all of his contributions to the struggle for our right to vote, it is necessary to make the connection between the census and voting. Before the 2013 Supreme Court decision Shelby County v. Holder struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, census data was used to determine whether jurisdictions were in violation of the Act.

If you simply forgot, visit my2020census.gov to complete it online using the device you are using to read this article. Count everyone living in your home on or before April 1. The census is a count of the entire population, citizens and non-citizens. The census asks nine simple questions and information is kept private and confidential, by law. Census data determines how our communities will be funded and our political representation for the next 10 years. If you need more convincing on why you need to be in the number, keep reading.