Census deadline to end after lengthy legal battle


The U.S. Census Bureau ended its 2020 count Thursday after the U.S. Supreme Court allowed an end to data collection. Ending the count earlier than expected has increased concern about ensuring an accurate count in CT.

Liberal Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the only justice who publicly dissented, said the Supreme Court's action would allow the Census Bureau to quote, "Sacrifice accuracy for expediency". Behler said that on Thursday, the final day of the Census count, field staff in New Hampshire were returning to six households that had not responded to earlier visits.

Arguing the headcount needed to stop early to give the Census Bureau time to tabulate the results by the end of the year.

The census data is also used to divide seats in Congress among the states.

The Trump Administration previously tried to move up the count's deadline to September. That deadline was moved up two weeks after a U.S. Supreme Court decision this week.

However, as noted by Ninth Circuit dissenting Judge Patrick Bumatay - with whom the justices agreed - the constitutional mandate for administration of the census does not mention "accuracy" in the count.

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The United States Supreme Court has made a decision to stop the once-a-decade headcount of every USA resident from continuing through the end of October, in a blow to civil rights groups concerned about an undercount particularly of racial minorities.

She said many people in Waterbury are overwhelmed with the constantly shifting census deadline.

Tens of thousands of temporary census takers had been hired by the U.S. Census Bureau to knock on the doors of homes whose residents hadn't filled out their census forms. That caused the deadlines to revert back to a previous Census Bureau plan that had field operations ending October 31 and the reporting of apportionment figures at the end of April 2021. Advocates and users of census data worry that isn't enough time, and even some of the Census Bureau's top brass said this summer that it would be impossible to meet the December 31 deadline. Since it didn't, the court ruled that the count must end in order for the deadlines to be met.

The Census Bureau said that 99.9% of households have been counted but experts have raised concerns that this year's count won't be accurate, especially in communities that are harder to reach due to the COVID-19 pandemic or hurricanes in the Gulf Coast.

Failing to count every person in Central Ohio will have consequences for how much money the area receives from the federal government - as well as potentially affect the apportionment of state legislature and U.S. House seats.

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said that his city lost $200 million in federal funding over the decade following the 2010 census, and he feared it would lose more this time around.