Politics Federal judge orders census counting nationwide to continue through October
Study: Ending census early will cost Florida, Montana seats
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Ending the 2020 census at the end of September instead of the end of October, could cost Florida and Montana congressional seats. It could also result in Texas, Florida, Arizona, Georgia, and North Carolina losing $500 million annually in federal funding for healthcare for its neediest residents, according a report released Thursday. Scenarios modeled by statisticians Jonathan Auerbach and Steve Pierson showed that if the once-a-decade head count of every U.S. resident ends in September, without an extra month, California, Ohio, or Idaho could gain congressional seats, while Florida or Montana could lose seats.
A federal judge on Thursday night ruled that national counting for the 2020 Census must continue through October 31.
U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh, an Obama appointee, preventing the administration from winding down the Census count by Sept. 30, a month before the scheduled completion date of Oct. 31.
The ruling also bars officials from delivering completed Census population data to the White House on Dec. 31 rather than the originally planned April 2021 delivery date.
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The Trump administration will likely appeal the judgment, which is one of several legal battles they are facing regarding the census.
Koh found that the administration's shortened census schedule will likely produce inaccurate numbers in historically undercounted groups, such as people of color and immigrants. That would run counter to the constitutional purpose of the count, which is to redistribute the seats in the House of Representatives among the states based on their latest populations.
"Those facts show not only that the Bureau could not meet the statutory deadline, but also that the Bureau had received pressure from the Commerce Department to cease seeking an extension of the deadline," Koh wrote in the order, citing internal emails and other documents the administration produced to the court.
Wildfires and hurricanes disrupt final weeks of 2020 census
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Already burdened by the coronavirus pandemic and a tightened deadline, the Census Bureau must now contend with several natural disasters as wildfires and hurricanes disrupt the final weeks of the nation's once-a-decade headcount. The fires on the West Coast forced tens of thousands of people to flee homes in California and Oregon before they could be counted, and tens of thousands of others were uncounted in Louisiana communities hit hard last month by Hurricane Laura. Nearly a quarter million more households were uncounted in areas affected this week by Hurricane Sally.
Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer, one of the plaintiffs in the case, said the injunction was a major win for a more accurate Census count.
"The court saw through the Trump administration's efforts to camouflage its political interference in what is supposed to be the neutral, nonpartisan process of counting every person," Feuer said in a . "Now, with little time to lose and so much at stake, I urge everyone to take the few moments necessary to be included in the census."
Koh has previously ordered the Census Bureau to temporarily halt plans to wind down counting operations. A separate court ruled last week that the Trump administration could not refuse to count undocumented citizens as part of the Census.
Judge orders Census Bureau to text all workers that count will go on .
Judge says Census Bureau and Commerce Department’s "lurching from one hasty, unexplained plan to the next" violated her order.The new order issued late Thursday by U.S. District Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, instructs the Census Bureau to send out a mass text saying an Oct. 5 target data for finishing the nation's head count is not in effect and that people can still answer the questionnaire and census takers can still knock on doors through Oct. 31.