Census deadline extended

Thursday, Sept. 24 the U.S. District Court extended the deadline for completing the 2020 Census until Oct. 31, 2020. Even though the Trump Administration has appealed the decision, local residents can continue to use the services offered at the Seeley Lake Community Foundation and through the Seeley Lake Leos Club at Seeley-Swan High School to complete the survey through the deadline.

Governor Steve Bullock and Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney applauded the decision saying it will allow more time for a complete count of Montana’s residents. They also announced additional funding for Census outreach on Friday.

Bullock allocated $130,000 in Coronavirus Relief Funds to the Montana Department of Commerce to continue its expanded outreach efforts to reach low-response areas of the state, particularly in rural counties and tribal nations in Montana.

Montana’s self-response rate to the 2020 Census lags behind most states. It currently ranks third to Alabama and Louisiana for the lowest overall response rate.

With the new deadline, the data is scheduled to be completed and delivered to the President of the United States by April 30, 2021.

There are several ways to complete the Census:

• Visit my2020census.gov or call 1-844-330-2020.

• The Seeley Lake Community Foundation is offering a computer and Internet access at the Foundation Building (3150 MT Hwy 83 N). Transportation can also be arranged. Give the Foundation a call at 677-3506. 

• With the assistance of the Seeley Lake Leos Club, complete the census at the Seeley Lake Public Library Monday – Friday from 12 – 3 p.m. For more information or to make an appointment call Leos Club Advisor Mary Stone at 406-677-2224 Ext. 5731.


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