Last chance to participate in census. It ends Thursday

Henrietta Strickland
October 17, 2020

The Census Bureau announced the end of the count in a press release that said it had accounted for 99.9% of housing units. The Trump administration moved for that deadline to be put back to September 30, however many national groups pushed back, suing in federal court.

After a months-long, arduous legal battle over the deadline of the 2020 Census, Americans will have until Thursday night and Friday morning to fill out the decennial questionnaire.

"I urge any and all Bayonne residents who have not been counted yet in Census 2020 to do so NOW", Mayor James Davis told residents on October 13.

It's been a back and forth on the deadline to complete the 2020 census.

"Having an earlier deadline, especially among communities where resources are already not favorable, this can only hurt us", Thompson says.

The plaintiffs said the ruling against them was not a total loss, as millions more people were counted during the extra two weeks.

As the 2020 Census ends, Bayonne's count is roughly equal to 2010 Census numbers. "So that was a deficit of 3,000." she said. "Let's try to match and exceed that number this year".

Paper responses must be postmarked by October 15. By comparison, New Jersey has a 69.3 percent response rate. "But any New Yorker should be very upset". There are options to respond online and over the phone in 13 different languages.

These are the self-response rates. Another 29.1% were enumerated by census workers by knocking on doors, or even talking to neighbors of those who had failed to self-respond.

Researchers with the George Washington Institute of Public Policy estimated that DE received more than $2,200 per person through 16 large federal assistance programs that distribute funds on the basis of the census count in Fiscal Year 2015.

"Bayonne receives its own Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from the federal government", Davis said. "Every single day we were moving the numbers upward".

She said many people in Waterbury are overwhelmed with the constantly shifting census deadline.

"Census information helps determine federal funding for Special Education and Title I, a program that funds basic skills education", Davis said.

Advocates are particularly anxious that minorities, and people in rural and tribal areas, are going to be missed due to the rushed ending of the count, resulting in less federal funding for those communities and perhaps fewer congressional seats and electoral votes for states that have large minority populations.

The deadline arrived after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Trump administration, which had argued the census needed to end immediately in order for the Census Bureau to have enough time to process the data to meet a congressionally mandated December 31 deadline for turning in apportionment numbers.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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