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Officials Concerned As 2020 Census Count Ends Friday

Courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau

The 2020 U.S. Census could be in its final moments. The deadline to be counted is early Friday morning.

That’s after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled this week that the Trump administration can end census field operations early during the pandemic. A previous lower court ruling extended the headcount until the end of October.

Connecticut Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz said it’s the latest blow against hard-to-count minority communities.

“An undercount, which we are going to have if we don’t have extra time, threatens the ability of communities of color to recover from the health crisis, from the economic crises, that have disproportionately infected, killed and left jobless those very communities,” Bysiewicz said.

The Census decides how many congressional seats and federal funding each state gets. Connecticut has a Census response rate of 99.9 percent, among the highest in the U.S., according to the Census website.

The Census can be completed online at 2020census.gov, or call 844-330-2020 before 6 a.m. Friday. Paper forms need to be postmarked Thursday.

A native Long Islander, J.D. is WSHU's managing editor. He also hosts the climate podcast Higher Ground. J.D. reports for public radio stations across the Northeast, is a journalism educator and proud SPJ member.