You still have time to fill out the Census

Sunday, 18 Oct, 2020

Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with the Trump administration to stop the census count early instead of allowing it to continue through the end of October. Phone responses "will be available for its regularly scheduled time", according to the U.S. Census Bureau, starting at 7 a.m. and running throughout the day.

The deadline for the 2020 census has been moved up, giving Americans until 6 a.m. on Friday October 16th to respond.

The U.S. Census Bureau now lists every state, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico at 99.9 percent counted when including enumerated nonresponse followup by census workers. "Because at the end of the day, isn't that we want most?" "And respondents will suffer their lasting impact for at least the next 10 years".

The Supreme Court on Tuesday temporarily allowed the Trump administration to end its 2020 census count earlier than planned, a move that could result in undercounting racial and ethnic minorities and others in hard-to-reach communities. The order was later ruled unlawful by a panel of three district judges in NY, but the Trump administration appealed that case to the Supreme Court. That's a bit higher than 2010, but Boyce is still disappointed.

Leaders said it was the decision to invest resources in reaching hard-to-count Californians that made the difference, noting that the state's effort to reach people who are traditionally harder-to-count was a result of a comprehensive multilingual and multicultural campaign that has been underway since the beginning of the year. "So that was a deficit of 3,000." she said.

"My primary concern is that not only is there a lot of federal funding that is tied to the Census, but in Albany County our sales tax is distributed county-wide based on the population in our cities and towns in the county", she added.

"We implore Californians who have yet to take the Census to fill it out today before midnight".

In her dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote, "Even a fraction of a percent of the nation's 140 million households amounts to hundreds of thousands of people left uncounted".

California has been involved in multiple legal challenges against the Trump administration over its earlier attempts to alter census protocol. In his zeal to use the decennial headcount to hurt Democrats and help Republicans in future elections, Trump has destabilized a process that determines how many seats in Congress each state will have, as well as guiding how congressional and state legislative districts will be drawn.

Without the data from the federal government, though, the secretary of the commonwealth pointed out his office can not track where exactly in certain communities to promote Census-taking efforts.

The U.S. Department of Justice has argued it needs to stop counting in order to meet the December 31 deadline to deliver the first set of census results to the president.