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Courts, Trump Administration Battle Over Looming Census Deadline

Courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau

The deadline for the 2020 U.S. Census was slated for Wednesday, but a federal court pushed it to the end of October. However, the Trump administration says Monday is the new deadline.

Officials from Connecticut and Long Island are making a last ditch attempt to get an accurate count.

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced Monday that the deadline for the 2020 Census has now been moved to October 5 — this is after it had already been moved from August, to late October, and then to September 30.

Rebecca Sanin has helped spearhead the Census count on Long Island. She calls the changing deadlines a “devastating assault” on the accuracy of the census.

“This is creating confusion, this is creating tremendous challenges for all the organizations who are trying to do this work effectively, and it’s unconscionable — it calls into question the legitimacy of the 2020 census,” she said.

She said the 2020 Census has been fraught with challenges since the beginning of the process back in March amid the pandemic.

In Connecticut, Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz visited with “hard-to-count” communities to assist them in completing the census.

The head count will shape how federal tax dollars will be used in the U.S. for the next 10 years.