Governor Mike Parson signed Executive Order 20-13 extending Executive Order 18-12, which established the Missouri 2020 Complete Count Committee.

Due to COVID-19, the U.S. Census Bureau extended the deadline to respond to the 2020 Census from July 31 to October 31, 2020. Originally, Executive Order 18-12 required the Missouri 2020 Complete Count Committee 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 Missouri 2020 Complete Count Committee’s purpose remains the same, to heighten participation and awareness for the 2020 Census and coordinate messaging and community outreach in hard-to-count areas of Missouri.

“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.”

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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.

The 2020 Census is currently on-going. Responding to the census will help shape the community everyone lives in. The City of Monroe City encourages each community member to fill out the 2020 Census. The process takes less than 10 minutes and can be done online. Responses to the 2020 Census shape how billions in federal funding is distributed to local communities annually. Mayor Jerry Potterfield commenting on the importance of filling out the census, stating, “It is a guide for distribution of state and federal funds to local communities.”

In April 2021, the Census Bureau will release 2020 Census statistics used by state and local officials to redraw boundaries for congressional and state legislative districts and public school districts. In these boundaries, funding is decided according to the Census information obtained. It is important for all citizens to be accounted for in each community. The census helps form the future of the community and provides funding for the needs of each.

Federal, state and municipal lawmakers make decisions about how billions of dollars in public funds are allocated for schools, roads and bridges, fire and emergency services, healthcare, and more based on census statistics. Programs informed by census statistics include those for older people and low-income populations, college students and young children.

2020 Census results will determine the number of seats each state receives in the U.S. House of Representatives. Results also impact congressional and state legislative districts.

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Business owners use census statistics to create economic and employment opportunities. The statistics help determines where to hire new employees, open new locations, and more. On December 31, the Census Bureau will announce the total population count for each state. These totals determine the number of seats each state receives in the U.S. House of Representatives.

To fill out the 2020 Census visit https://2020census.gov/.