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Bishop Introduces the Full Count Act

March 15, 2018
Press Release
To Improve the Accuracy of the U.S. Census

WASHINGTON – Rep. Rob Bishop (UT-01) has introduced H.R. 5303, the “Full Count Act of 2018” to provide a more accurate and complete accounting of certain overseas Americans, including LDS missionaries, in the U.S. Census. Rep. Bishop released the following statement:

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Currently, the Census Bureau doesn’t count Americans living overseas at the time of the decennial census unless they are affiliated with the federal government. This policy helps states that have lots of residents overseas with the military or other federal government operations, and it hurts those states that have lots of residents who are not affiliated with the federal government.”

Bishop added,

“In the 2000 census, about 11,000 residents of Utah were Mormon missionaries temporarily living abroad. They were residents of the state under any definition of the term resident; however, they were not counted in the census. We have a chance to make a change that will help real people, and we should do it.”  

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