A U.S. Census worker waits to take information from people during a promotional event in Times Square in New York City, New York, U.S., September 23, 2020. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid


The Census Bureau must continue counting until the end of October, a federal judge ruled late Thursday, clipping an attempt by President Donald Trump’s administration to end it a month early.

 Census attorneys argued that the early end to the once-in-a-decade count was necessary to meet a Dec. 31 deadline for turning over numbers used for deciding how many congressional seats each state gets. The federal government also uses the count to distribute $1.5 trillion in federal spending. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh ruled that the census must go on two days after hearing arguments from civil rights groups and local governments that sued the Census Bureau in an effort to stop the 2020 census from concluding at the end of the month. The groups argued that ending the census this month would undercount minority residents as well as other hard-to-count communities. The Census Bureau already made adjustments because of COVID-19, and the count was extended as a result. 

Kristen Clarke, president of the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, one of the lawyers for the plaintiffs, praised the decision.“The court’s decision today ensures that our underrepresented and most vulnerable communities will not be disadvantaged by an unfair and incomplete census count,” she said in a statement. The Trump administration will likely appeal the judgement.


Judge orders Census Bureau to keep counting through October– Roll Call – 9/25/2020
Census Bureau employees rushing to wrap up the 2020 count have been given a reprieve. Workers may continue counting beyond Sept. 30, according to a federal judge’s order that bars the Trump administration from trying to end the 2020 count a month early.

Judge says 2020 census must continue for another month – The Washington Times – 9/25/2020
A federal judge has stopped the 2020 census from finishing at the end of September and ordered the once-a-decade head count of every U.S. resident to continue for another month through the end of October, saying a shortened schedule likely would produce inaccurate results.

Federal judge rules against Trump admin, says 2020 census must continue for another month – NBC News – 9/25/2020
U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in California made her ruling late Thursday, two days after hearing arguments from attorneys for the Census Bureau, and attorneys for civil rights groups and local governments that had sued the Census Bureau in an effort to halt the 2020 census from stopping at the end of the month.

Judge Rules Against Trump Administration, Says Census Counting Can Continue Through October – Daily Caller – 9/25/2020
The ruling was issued by California district judge Lucy H. Koh against the Trump administration, which sought to stop counting after Sept. 30, a month before its previously scheduled completion. Koh’s ruling also prevents census officials from delivering the bureau’s data to Trump administration officials before the end of the year, according to court documents.

Federal judge rules Trump administration can’t end census early – Axios – 9/25/2020
Experts believed that the shortened census, which was already delayed for months amid the coronavirus pandemic, would lead to undercounts nationwide, especially in low-income and remote areas that have been slower to respond.


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