2020 Census

The Republican National Committee sent a look-alike census-survey to residents in Montana, May 2019.
Courtesy of the Montana Department of Commerce

The Republican National Committee is sending out policy surveys with the option of enclosing $15 for processing a "Census Document." The Montana Department of Commerce is reminding Montana residents the actual U.S. Census will begin in March 2020 and will not ask for any money.

Senator Steve Daines
Senator Steve Daines

Montana’s Republican Senator Steve Daines on Wednesday introduced a bill to add a question about citizenship to the federal census in 2020.

A remote Montana ranch in Liberty County, August 16, 2009.
J. Stephen Conn/Flickr User (CC-by-2.0)

The 2020 Census will have a big impact on how federal money and Congressional seats are distributed to states over the next decade. In a rural state like Montana, long distances between residents add extra challenges for getting the complete population count.