A committee formed to help ensure a thorough count of Blaine County residents in the 2020 census will hold its first meeting on Monday, Dec. 9, at 4 p.m. in the commissioners meeting room in the old Blaine County Courthouse in Hailey.

According to organizers, the Blaine County Complete Count Committee will focus on hard-to-count residents, such as seniors, children under 5, homeless people, refugees, renters, tribal members, foreign-born immigrants and Idahoans with limited internet access.

     The organizers noted that Idaho received $2.4 million in federal grants based on the census. The census determines boundary lines for representation, including for congressional seats, the Legislature and school districts,

     The committee intends to create posters, newsletters and flyers to educate Blaine County residents how important the count is and to motivate people in early March to go online to complete the census form, which is in various languages and asks 10 questions. 

     The U.S. Census Bureau will not deliver a prompt postcard to complete the census to a post office box, which is how most Blaine County residents receive mail.

     According to committee organizers, everyone is counted if they are in the country on National Census Day, April 1. The committee said it hopes to create an event to publicize that date.

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