2020 Census Count Ending A Month Earlier Than Anticipated

The 2020 Census is reportedly ending a full month earlier than originally anticipated. Initially, the deadline was supposed to be extended due to the pandemic but The Census Bureau made the announcement last night that all households must now complete the data collecting survey by September 30th, rather than October 31st. The bureau also announced it would cease “labor-intensive efforts” to collect information, which includes knocking on the doors of those who have not filled out the survey. In an official statement the bureau said, “The new plan reflects our continued commitment to conduct a complete count, provide accurate apportionment data, and protect the health and safety of the public and our workforce.” However, the change has been met with some criticism. There are fears the new deadline will affect population accuracy, especially minority populations, and therefore how federal funds are spent. But the bureau has assured there is still more than enough time to get an accurate count.