Today is the last day to submit Census response

Today is the last day to submit responses for this year’s Census.

According to a release, Minnesota is leading the nation in self-response rate., which State Demographer Susan Brower hopes will allow us to retain Minnesota’s eight Congressional seats, and assure the proper allocation of over $24 billion in federal funds to support schools, hospitals, agriculture, first responders, roads, businesses and households.

“The Census is the foundation of our democracy and tells the story of who we are and where we are going as a nation. Federal funding for essential services and congressional representation is on the line, and it is crucial that we achieve a complete and accurate count,” said Brower.

“Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused operational challenges to this census that have put historically undercounted communities—including black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), rural, low-wealth communities, and college students—at even greater risk of being missed than they would be under more normal circumstances. I am calling upon Minnesota’s state and local government, business community, non-profit organizations, faith leaders, and Tribal nations to reach out to their constituents one last time to ask that they respond to the 2020 US Census before it concludes on Thursday, October 15.”

Internet self-responses will be available until 11:59 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time, which is just before 5 a.m. tomorrow our time, at 2020census.gov.

Paper responses must be postmarked by today, and nonresponse follow-up census takers will continue to visit households through the end of the day.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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