Sign up to host a Census Access Kiosk
The U.S. Census Bureau strongly encourages everyone to complete the 2020 questionnaire online, but many Chicago residents do not have regular access to the internet. Please join us in bridging the digital divide and making the online census form available throughout the City by hosting a kiosk.
We welcome businesses to provide public computer access in their buildings by hosting a Census Access Kiosk in their lobbies or public spaces. All you need is at least one computer or tablet with internet access that is available from March 12 to July 31, 2020. We also ask that public kiosks:
- Maintain regular office hours;
- Outfit computer stations with marketing/branding material we will provide; and
- Locate devices in ADA accessible spaces.
Sign up to host a Census Action Kiosk here, and we will add your site to the list of city-wide resources available for accessing the online Census form.
We encourage all employers to offer online access to the Census form in their workplaces and regularly remind employees that their Census responses are very important. To host a kiosk in your workplace, businesses need only to provide a space with a computer or tablet and internet access from March 12 to July 31, 2020. These kiosks could be in break rooms, conference rooms or lobby areas to make them widely accessible to employees.
Sign up to host a Census Action Kiosk at your workplace here. The City will provide marketing material you can use to designate the kiosk and encourage employees to respond.
SOFTWARE / HARDWARE
Equipment designated as a Census Action Kiosk need to run the newest versions of a modern web browser like Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer. We recommend an internet speed of a minimum of 5 Mbps to ensure that users do not experience delays navigating the site. Additional technical guidance from the Census Bureau is available here. https://www.census.gov/library/fact-sheets/2019/dec/guidelines-for-partners.html
STAFFING FOR APRIL 1, 2020 and BEYOND
Kiosks can be much more effective if staffed with a volunteer who can encourage participation and answer questions. Please consider staffing a volunteer at your kiosk on Census Day (April 1, 2020) and in the weeks surrounding Census Day. The City is also gathering volunteers and may be able to help support your efforts. The Census Bureau’s guidelines for volunteer participation can be found here.
Each of these kiosks will be hosted on private property, and the City of Chicago is not responsible for any loss or damage to personal property. The City recommends that each host to use best practices for safeguarding their property.