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Census Bureau is shortening its counting operation

Request for timeline extension stalled, Census speeds up count schedule
Posted at 8:34 PM, Aug 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-04 23:34:42-04

The Census Bureau is shortening its counting operation. To be counted in the census, households must now complete the survey by September 30th.

When the pandemic struck the bureau announced it was adjusting its plans to extend the deadline to October 31st. Critics said a truncated timeline will lead to miscounts in minority groups that have historically been under-counted in the census.

In addition, the bureau is ending its efforts to knock on doors of households that have not filled out the survey online, by paper form or by phone.

The census, which happens every 10 years, determines how many representatives each state gets in Congress and how billions of federal funding is spent.

You can fill out the census online.