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U.S. Census deadline extended to October 5th

Published: Sep. 29, 2020 at 5:04 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The deadline to fill out the 2020 U.S. Census has been extended to October 5th, 2020.

After being extended to October 31st due to COVID-19... and then moved to September 30th last month... the extension was made in response to a federal lawsuit.

Alysha Childs, Complete Count Committee Coordinator for the Fairbanks North Star Borough, explained that 98.6 percent of households in the state of Alaska have been enumerated, or counted.

Childs explained that the Census Bureau is the only entity receiving the information being collected, and the only information that reaches the executive branch is statistics.

“They are the ones who go through, they are the ones who have the names and the addresses and the date of births, and none of that information is released. That’s all kept on a very secure server. They do release the statistics from it, though. So they’ll give the exact number of the population count hopefully by December 31st. It might change," Childs said.

Childs noted that it is constitutionally mandated for the federal government to obtain a complete count of every person in the nation every ten years.

The 2020 census can be filled out online at my2020census.gov

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