Census Day – April 1, 2020 – Benefits to Montana – Money, Power, and Planning!
Mar 12 - Jul 31
The US Census Day is officially April 1, 2020; however the on-line census site will become live March 12, 2020. Most people will respond to the census request on-line after they receive a unique ID. Telephone response is also possible and some people will need help at their home from a Census employee. Anyone with a PO Box will receive their unique ID delivered in a packet left at their front porch. Group quarters such as MSU dorms, nursing homes, etc. will begin in February.
Montana will benefit *with over $20,000 per individual in State Revenues over the decade. *The Census is the law of the land and is required. *The Census is simple – 9 questions. The Census process will be completed July 31, 2020. Apportionment Counts will be delivered to the President by December 31, 2020.
Kendra Miller, Bozeman Democrat member of Montana’s Districting and Apportionment Commission charged with re-drawing the boundaries of congressional and legislative districts every 10 years spoke to Gallatin Democrats on January 22, 2020. The other members are Joe Lamson, Helena Democrat; Jeff Essmann, Billings Republican; Dan Stusek, Billings Republican were all appointed by the House and Senate Majority/Minority Leaders. The Montana Supreme Court appointed Sheila Stearns as the Chair and tie-breaker. Our Montana Amended Constitution in 1972 set out this format for Montana, which is different from many other States. The State of Montana allocated $100,000 to promote the Census process in Montana.
Kendra Miller told us that it is being projected that Montana will gain one additional US House seat, but final decision and drawing of the boundaries will not take place until May/June, 2021, which map will be used for the 2022 Congressional Elections.
During 2021-2023 public hearings and Commission meetings will determine the Montana Legislative Map and will be presented to the 2023 Legislature and adopted, with precinct maps then changed in advance of the 2024 Legislative Election. She also said population projections show Gallatin County growing by 25%, 35th in the nation, with Bozeman having the largest growth at 30%. It is likely Gallatin County will gain 2 additional Legislative seats.
To learn more about the 2020 Census visit these websites by clicking the links US Census and Montana Census 2020
For more information about redistricting and the work of the Montana Districting and Apportionment Commission, visit leg.mt.gov/districting/2020-commission/.