U.S. Census extends deadlines into the summer and fall

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) Census deadlines have been extended into the summer and fall as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Enumerators are now scheduled to begin going door-to-door starting August 11th (Photo Courtesy of U.S. Census Bureau)

Among these changes, the self-response phase of the census will now be open until October 31st.

According to Alysha Childs, the Complete Count Coordinator with the Fairbanks North Star Borough, census field offices are closed until June 1st. Enumerators are now scheduled to begin going door to door to help those who haven't filled out their census on August 11th, and that process will last until October 31st.

Childs said, “There are still a few things that they are needing further review before they are going to set firm dates. The service-based enumeration where they go to the soup kitchens and the shelters... also the homeless count... they don't have a set date for when those are going to be done because they’re still trying to work everything out for when it’s going to be safe to go and do those."

Congressman Don Young released a statement encouraging Alaskans to fill out the census. In the statement, he said, “If you haven’t filled out the census, I encourage you to do so. It’s important to the state of Alaska. It makes sure that we have the right federal monies that come to the state, and without the census we’ll lose it.”

The borough currently has a self-response rate of 35.8 percent, compared to the national average of 53.7 percent. The census can be filled out online at my2020census.gov

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