Montana State Legislature

Census 2020

The U. S. Census is coming on April 1, 2020 and states are actively preparing.  Montana state legislators can be a force in helping Montanans understand the importance of participating in the census and either going online to fill out a census form or turning in a paper form.  This website will provide information and regular updates on how legislators can participate.

See the websites linked below for information on the importance of federal funding, the need for accurate data, the potential for additional U.S. House representation, and the importance of accurate data for redistricting of the Montana House and Senate.


Newsletters - NEW!

  • From the Montana Census 2020 Newsletter (12/18/19):

CENSUS STORY OF THE WEEK

Kids Count Too

Nationwide, “the 2010 Census missed more than 10% of young children – one in every ten children age 0-4, or about 2.2. million children” (countallkids.org). When young children aren’t counted it has serious consequences for them, their families, our communities, and the country. Demographers have been struggling with an explanation of why young children have a higher undercount compared to any other age group. Several recent studies are providing new answers for why young children are missed so often in the Census.

Children are more likely to be missed in a census if:

  • They live in large and complex households.
  • They live with single parents or young parents between the ages of 18-29.
  • They are not the biological or adopted child of the householder.
  • They live with their grandparents, aunts and uncles, or other family members.
  • They live in families that do not speak English or their family includes immigrants.
  • They live in lower income households.
  • The child is a newborn.
  • Their families rent rather than own their home or they have recently moved.
  • Finally, some adults may not realize that babies, toddlers and young children are supposed to be included in the Census.

How you Can Help:

  • Emphasize that the Census counts everyone where they live and sleep most of the time, even if the living arrangement is temporary or the parents of the child do not live there.
  • Explain that, when children are missed in the Census, funding for programs such as the Children Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the National School Lunch Program, and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) miss out on their fair share of federal dollars.
  • Distribute outreach materials from the State, the U.S. Census Bureau, and various organizations to help increase awareness.
  • Work with existing Complete Count Committees (CCC) or form your own specialized CCC and make sure promote messaging about counting young children.

 Information and Resources on Counting Children Can Be Found at:

Count All Kids - Partnership for America’s Children

US Census Bureau – Counting Young children in the 2020 Census

Evidence Mounts Regarding Respondent Confusion About Counting Young Children in the Census - The Census Project

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Websites

Participation Opportunities    

  • Montana Complete Count Committees: Link to the Map

  • Montana State CCC
    Montana State Complete Count Committee (CCC) has created and is sending toolkits to partners across the state. These kits include oversized banners, stickers, magnets and large static cling stickers. The state has also made this same promo material with a specialized tribal logo. If you would like any census items for your next event please contact us

  • State CCC & CEIC Outreach
    Members of the State CCC and the Census and Economic Information Center (CEIC) staff have traveled across the state providing more than 50 2020 Census presentations to local CCCs and community groups. If you would like someone to speak or need help planning a presentation, contact the CEIC office by email ceic@mt.gov or by phone (406) 841-2740.

Resources

On the http://census.mt.gov website, you can find not just Montana talking points and flyers, but materials from the U.S. Census Bureau.  Recent additions include the 2020 Questionnaire and a flyer on Confidentiality.  Here are those links!

 

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