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Census Bureau to miss deadline for first time: report


The #Census #Bureau will reportedly miss its end-of-year deadline for the first time since the #Dec. 31 date was set by #Congress 40 years ago.

#If the bureau fails to deliver the numbers used to determine congressional districts, #President #Trump#Donald #TrumpGeorgia signature audit finds no fraud in presidential election #Pompeo calls for release of #Chinese journalist jailed over coronavirus coverage #Pence refused to sign on to plan to overturn election, lawyers say MORE’s effort to exclude undocumented immigrants from the count may not come to fruition, the #Associated #Press reports.

#An anonymous, unauthorized source in the #Census #Bureau confirmed the expected delay to the AP on #Wednesday. The news outlet notes that documents obtained early in #December showed that bureau officials did not expect to have the numbers ready until after #President-elect #Joe #Biden#Joe #BidenGeorgia signature audit finds no fraud in presidential election #Pence refused to sign on to plan to overturn election, lawyers say #New #Lincoln #Project ad shows #Trump border wall built from tombstones of COVID-19 victims MORE assumes office.

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#After he assumes office, #Biden will have the ability to rescind #Trump’s directive that excluded people in the country without authorization from being considered when the number of congressional seats for states are being divvied up, the AP notes. #Apart from deciding how many #House seats every state gets, the census also determines how federal funds are distributed.

#Terri #Ann #Lowenthal, a former congressional staffer who specialized in census issues told the AP, “The delay suggests that the census bureau needs more time to ensure the accuracy of census numbers for all states.”

#As the AP notes, the #Census #Bureau is legally required to deliver population figures to the president by the end of year, however there is no penalty in place if the bureau misses the deadline.

The #Dec. 31 deadline is less than a century old, and according to a historian who spoke to the AP, the census operated fine before it had a deadline.

The historian, #Margo #Anderson of the #University of #Wisconsin-Milwaukee said, “#It has not been a very controversial issue until this year, the year of a pandemic and the #Trump administration flip-flopping on its goals and its efforts to take the undocumented out of the apportionment count.”

#She added, “They are still trying to wrestle the numbers into something that looks right.”

#In #October the #Supreme #Court granted the #Trump administration’s request to end the #Census count early this year. The administration claimed that the earlier end date was necessary for the #Bureau to meet it’s end-of-year deadline. #Critics argued that the earlier ending would negatively impact minority communities who had not been counted.

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The 2020 #Census count has faced several challenges, the AP notes, struggling to operate during a pandemic, hiring shortages and an administration that has reversed its intended goals several times.

#Lawsuits and personal accounts from census workers this year claimed that counters were pressured to falsify data and use alternative methods of counting that lacked accuracy. #Many workers, under pressure from supervisors to fill out as many forms as possible, reportedly resorted to guessing how many people lived in some households.





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https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/532171-census-bureau-to-miss-deadline-for-first-time-report

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