Federal Judge Suspends Truncated Census Deadline

 Judge Koh says deadline would produce “inaccurate results.”

Pre-pandemic, the Census Bureau had estimated it would have census results by July. As the pandemic worsened in April, its estimation extended to October. After submitting a request for a new deadline of December 31, the Senate stalled making a decision long enough to force a new deadline of September 30.

Local governments and civil rights groups sued the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Commerce over the deadline change. Last Thursday, Northern California U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh granted a preliminary injunction to allow the Census Bureau to continue counting until the end of October. 

On Friday, the Department of Justice filed a notice appealing Judge Koh’s order to the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the U.S. Census Bureau as they endeavor to represent the population of the United States.
  • For U.S. citizens and civil rights groups as they seek government accountability and accuracy.
  • That the three branches of the U.S. government would work together for the betterment of the nation. 

Sources: AP, NPR


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