With Census timeline cut short, advocates worry many Delawareans will go uncounted

Yolanda Curtis
August 6, 2020

This rescheduling led the Census Bureau to determine it needed four more months beyond the end of 2020 to tabulate congressional redistricting and apportionment stemming from the count, and the former directors agreed.

The door-knocking and self-response periods of the census count were both set to end October 31-an extension of the original timeline because of the pandemic. Democrats, however, are saying that it is impossible for the count to be finished by the end of the year, as the law requires, and say a delay would be better than a wrong count.

An analysis by the CUNY Center for Urban Research shows that 10 states now are trailing their 2010 self-response rates by 5 to 10 percentage points, meaning they will require a greater share of door-knocking than they did a decade ago.

Specifically, the motion directs the LA County Chief Executive Officer to send a 5-signature letter to the United State Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census (Bureau) and United States Congressional leadership expressing these concerns.

The U.S. Census Bureau is ending all counting efforts for the 2020 census on September 30, a month sooner than previously announced, the bureau's director confirmed Monday in a statement. As of Thursday, roughly 65 percent of New Castle County and Kent County residents had filled out the survey, compared to around 50 percent in Sussex County, according to the Census Bureau. Four members of the commission were selected, one each, by the majority and minority leaders in the state House and Senate. It says those that respond will not need to be visited to obtain their census response. The chamber's inaction coincides with a memorandum Trump issued last month to try to exclude people living in the US illegally from being part of the process for redrawing congressional districts.

When the pandemic struck the bureau announced it was adjusting its plans to extend the deadline to October 31st.

"[The census] seems to be put on the back burner, but we can not do that", said Edwards. The census should be as accurate as possible - and in 2020, that's going to take a little longer than usual. Its numbers dictate how many House seats each state gets and how tens of billions of dollars in federal aid are distributed. "It affects our education, jobs- the everyday living of the individuals in the communities that we serve".

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