‘You’re probably going to get a letter like this from the Census Bureau
when you check your mail around March 12 because the #2020Census is coming!’
[Hansi Lo Wang\NPR]
The census is required by the Constitution, which has called for an “actual enumeration” once a decade since 1790. The 2020 population numbers will shape how political power and federal tax dollars are shared in the U.S over the next 10 years. The number of congressional seats and Electoral College votes each state gets are determined by census numbers. They also guide how an estimated $880 billion a year in federal funding is distributed for schools, roads and other public services in local communities. The demographic data are used by businesses to determine, for example, where to build new supermarkets and by emergency responders to locate injured people after natural disasters.
Governor Brad Little created the “State Complete Count Committee” in Idaho to assist federal partners in completing the 2020 Census Count.
The U.S. Census Bureau conducts a population count every 10 years. Census results help determine the allocation of federal funds and electoral redistricting, and they help inform business and policymaking decisions at all levels. American households will receive an invitation to participate by April of 2020.
Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney and former state legislator Wendy Jaquet co-chair the committee. The group includes members representing the following groups or organizations:
- Conservation Voters of Idaho
- Law enforcement
- Idaho Housing and Finance Association
- Idaho Community Foundation
- Coeur d’Alene Tribe
- Idaho Association of Counties
- Association of Idaho Cities
- Idaho Education Association
- Idaho Hospital Association
- Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
- Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs
- Idaho Transportation Department
- Idaho Department of Commerce
- Idaho Department of Health and Welfare
- Idaho Department of Labor
- Idaho Commission for Libraries
- Idaho Division of Veteran Services
- Representatives from the Majority Party in the Idaho Senate and Idaho House of Representatives
- Representatives from the Minority Party in the Idaho Senate and Idaho House of Representatives
Additional information about the 2020 Census is available at https://2020census.gov/.