Census Day

Gov. Brad Little, center, on Monday announced the creation of the State Complete Count Committee, focused on the 2020 census. The committee is co-chaired by former state legislator Wendy Jaquet (left) and Secretary of State Lawerence Denney (right).

Idaho was one of the top performers for individual response rates during the 2010 census count, and Gov. Brad Little is hoping for the same accomplishment during next year’s census, writes Idaho Press reporter Savannah Cardon. To assist federal partners in completing the 2020 national census, which takes place every 10 years, Little on Monday announced the creation of a new State Complete Count Committee and proclaimed June 24 as “Census Day.” The new committee will be co-chaired by Idaho GOP Secretary of State Lawerence Denney and former state House Minority Leader Wendy Jaquet.

“The 2020 Census Count is a top priority for our state and country, and I encourage Idahoans to participate,” Little said in a statement. “The State Complete Count Committee I am assembling will ensure we achieve a fair, accurate, and complete Census count, with special emphasis on enumerating members of historically undercounted population groups.” You can read Cardon's full report here at idahopress.com (subscription required), or pick up today's edition of the Idaho Press.

Betsy Z. Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state capitol reporter for the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.

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