Supreme Court grants Trump administration request to end census count

- ABC NEWS - Oct 13, 2020 -

Stephanie Ebbs -

John Thompson, former US Census Bureau chief, on results of census deadline changing

The Census Bureau said the count will end on Friday at 6 a.m. ET.

The Supreme Court granted the Trump administration's request to end the census count before the end of this month, overturning a federal court order requiring the Census Bureau to continue the count until Oct. 31.

The lawsuit that prompted the case was brought by civil rights groups including the National Urban League who argue the administration's push to end the counting process early, despite an earlier push to extend the process to account for delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, would lead to inaccurate data that would disproportionately hurt disadvantaged communities.

The administration asked the Supreme Court to overturn the order granted in that case after it partially lost an appeal to the Ninth Circuit. The administration argued it needed to stop the count as soon as possible to complete data analysis in time to meet the statutory deadline to report census information to the president and Congress by Dec. 31.

The Supreme Court's decision to overturn a lower court order requiring the bureau to continue counting through the end of this month means the Census Bureau could end counting soon and move to an accelerated analysis phase to try to meet that deadline.


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