Governor Mike Parson, today, extended the deadline for the U.S. Census Bureau to respond to the 2020 Census. The Bureau now has until October 31, 2020 to respond.
The Missouri 2020 Complete Count Committee was originally required to complete its work and submit a final report by August 1, 2020. Executive Order 20-13 extends the committee’s deadline to November 30, 2020.
The purpose of the committee is to heighten participation and awareness of the 2020 Census and coordinate messaging and community outreach in hard-to-count areas of the state.
“Missouri’s Complete Count Committee’s mission remains a critical component in the effort to secure a fair and equitable 2020 Census,” said Governor Parson. “Extending the deadline for the committee’s work will help ensure accurate and reliable census data is collected for the state of Missouri and reinforce the importance of having every Missourian counted.”
It is important to remember that participation in the census is a civic duty, just like voting. An accurate U.S. Census is fundamental to democracy and critical in determining the economic, social, and political voice of Missouri’s citizens. It also ensures fair representation, funding, and investment for all communities.