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Supreme Court orders halt to census

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 10/13/20, 06:29 pm

After weeks of back and forth, the process of counting the entire U.S. population will officially end. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court suspended a lower court’s order that required census takers to keep working until the end of October.

How did this get to the Supreme Court? After the coronavirus pandemic began, the Trump administration initially extended the deadline to finish the census to Oct. 31 but later tried to speed up the process. The Census Bureau said it would try to finish by Oct. 5, but U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh ordered the agency to keep going. Trump asked the Supreme Court to overturn the order so the agency could deliver the final numbers by the congressional deadline at the end of the year. That means the census-driven redistribution of federal funding and House seats will occur before any potential transfer of power after the Nov. 3 election.

Dig deeper: Read my report in Compassion about the effort to count the U.S. homeless population.

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Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.

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  • JerryM
    Posted: Tue, 10/13/2020 06:36 pm

     It may be me but I am having trouble following the logic in this article...?

  • Steve Shive
    Posted: Wed, 10/14/2020 04:57 am

    I agree. The actual timeline gets muddled. The point is clear about having the numbers before change of power after 11/3 (or whenever there is a clear winner - another timeline issue that will be coming up) but the rest of this is murky.

  • Fuzzyface
    Posted: Tue, 10/13/2020 11:19 pm

    Made sense to me.

    Posted: Thu, 10/15/2020 02:21 am

    Please confirm that this make sense to you as well, because I was also confused about the timeline. From various sources:
    October 15 - the census ceases
    November 3 - Election Day
    December 14 - electors vote
    December 31 - statutory deadline for census data (final, official numbers) to be sent to President Trump (Census data is used to allocate federal funds, reapportion the House of Representatives and the Electoral College, and redraw congressional and state and local voting districts.)
    January 20 - Inauguration Day

    Posted: Wed, 10/14/2020 05:47 pm

    They should have held off on the census because of the pandemic. 

    Did they continue to do it door to door? infecting people's homes with their possible germs? remotely? wearing masks? what?