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Governor Bullock Calls for Census Deadline Extension to Accommodate COVID-19 Health and Safety Measures

Letter asks U.S. Department of Commerce to move Census deadline from August 14 to at least September 30

Tuesday, April 7, 2020/Categories: Community Development Division, Montana Housing, Market MT

MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock in a letter today called on U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross to extend the deadline for the decennial census from August 14, 2020 to at least September 30, 2020 to ensure an accurate count while allowing for continued health and safety measures to slow the spread of COVID-19.

“Many planned efforts to achieve high self-response rates from hard-to-count populations and rural geographic areas are no longer viable due to COVID-19 response measures, including those mandated by the U.S. Census Bureau,” Governor Bullock said in the letter. “More time is needed for effective outreach.”

Governor Bullock specifically noted Montana’s “significant share of hard-to-count residents, seven tribal reservations, and our low population density over a large land area,” which all present challenges to getting an accurate census count.

“In Montana, we must ensure that everyone is counted in the 2020 Census. Our schools, hospitals, highways, communities and families depend on it,” continued Governor Bullock.

In March, the U.S. Census Bureau extended the census deadline by two weeks, from the end of July to August 14. 

Read the letter to Secretary Ross.


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