Supreme Court Ruling Allows Census to Conclude on Thursday
The Supreme Court ruled that it will allow the federal government to end the 2020 Census count on Thursday, October 15 which is a month earlier than originally planned.
Those that haven’t filled out the census survey yet, and it’s important that we all do, will have until 11:59 p.m. on Thursday night to do so. The survey can be accessed at 2020census.gov or those that prefer to participate by telephone, can access a number to call in their selected language by clicking here.
There has been some debate as to if the census should even be allowed to end early and it’s made it’s way through the court systems via a series of lawsuits, rulings, appeals, etc. The reason the President gave in asking that the census conclude early is to give the Census Bureau enough time to analyze the data collected in order to determine how many congressional seats each state will get. Those opposed to ending the count early are indicating that it will lead to minorities in hard to count areas to be underrepresented in congress.
Political views aside, the census has been going on for some time now and the opportunity to be counted has been available. But, if for whatever reason, you or someone you know have been putting it off, remember that if you don’t fill out the survey before the stroke of midnight on Thursday, you’ll have to wait until 2030 before you get the opportunity to be counted and represented again.