Options for LUCA Participation

The Three Options

Here are the basics, followed by some additional detail that may make it easier to decide which is the right option for you.

Option 1: Full Address Review

Option 2: Local Address List Submission

Option 3: Non-Title 13 Local Address List Submission

Choosing an option

The first consideration: Can you meet the Census Bureau's confidentiality requirements for receiving their address list?

Common Misconceptions

  1. “Options 2 and 3 are easy!  All I have to do is send my address list(s) to the Census Bureau.”
    Unless you're insanely lucky, you'll need to do a decent amount of clean-up to your file prior to submitting it. Address submissions must conform to a pre-defined format and each address must specify which census block it belongs in. In addition, addresses from multiple lists have to be unduplicated.
  2. “Because it sounds relatively easy, block challenge method is the one for me!”
    Block challenges (available with Option 1 only) serve merely to preserve appeal access. In other words, the way the Census Bureau conducts address canvassing doesn't change depending on if a block is challenged or not. Thus, it would not be helpful for you to get the file from the Census Bureau and just challenge all the blocks in your jurisdiction. It is to your benefit to provide city-style address updates wherever applicable rather than just challenging the count of addresses in a block.
  3. “If the Census Bureau address list for my jurisdiction shows only noncity-style addresses, all I can do is challenge block counts.”
  4. It’s the type of addresses on the ground that matters. For example, if residents actually use city-style addresses, providing missing city-style addresses is the best way to improve address list coverage.
  5. This is too much trouble!  Participating in LUCA can’t possibly be worth it.”

    Address list coverage is critical to obtaining an accurate count and there are many reasons why your community has a vested interest in this program.