The public is invited to participate in "The Portrait of America Road Tour" when it stops at the Malone Center, 2032 "U" Street, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 5. The tour is part of the largest civic outreach and awareness campaign in U.S. Census history to encourage all residents to complete and return their census forms in March.
"The Portrait of America Road Tour provides an exciting, once-in-a-decade opportunity to all residents of the United States to learn about one of the cornerstones of our democracy," said Census Regional Director Cathy Lacy. "This interactive experience will demonstrate how everyone can use the Census form as their voice to let the country know what their community's needs are for the next ten years."
Census data are used to apportion seats in Congress and directly affect how more than $400 billion per year in federal funding is distributed to state, local and tribal governments. Information shared with the Census Bureau is completely confidential. By law, the Census Bureau cannot share respondents' answers with anyone, including other federal agencies and law enforcement entities.
Census forms will be mailed in March, and households are asked to complete and mail back their forms upon receipt. Census workers will visit households that do not return forms to take a count in person.
The City of Lincoln has partnered with the U.S. Census Bureau to form a Complete Count Committee as part of a larger effort by Census officials in Lincoln and Lancaster County to increase participation in the 2010 Census. The Committee is focusing on reaching those population that have traditionally been undercounted.
More information about the 2010 Census is available at 2010census.gov.