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Census Pushed Back To Original End Date Of October 31st

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The 2020 Census will continue until the end of October. A federal judge stopped the census from finishing at the end of the month, which is next week, and ordered the U.S. head count to continue to its original end date of October 31st. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh said in her ruling late last night that a shortened schedule would likely produce inaccurate results. A coalition of civil rights groups and local governments had sued the Census Bureau in an effort to prevent the 2020 census count from stopping on September 30th. They said the shortened schedule would undercount residents in minority and hard-to-count communities. Sara Dechter with the Coconino County-Flagstaff Census Team says if September 30th would have been the end, “we just never would have been done.” She adds, “it would have been an impact to the city, county and Navajo Nation’s federal funding for the next ten years.” The census is used to determine how $1.5 trillion in federal spending is distributed each year and how many congressional seats each state gets. If you haven’t done the census yet, you have until October 31st. Log onto 2020census.gov or call 1-844-330-2020.