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Supreme Court allows Trump administration to shut down census

This news story was published on October 14, 2020.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to allow the Trump administration to end the 2020 census count early.

The Supreme Court considered the Trump administration’s request to stop the Census count immediately.  The decision handed down Tuesday overturns an earlier  federal court order that ordered the Census Bureau to continue the count until Oct. 31.  In dissent of the prevailing opinion, Justice Sotomayor said, “The harms caused by rushing this year’s census count are irreparable.”

A Census Bureau Statement Tuesday claims that well over 99.9% of housing units have been accounted for in the 2020 Census. Self-response and field data collection operations for the 2020 Census will conclude on October 15, 2020.


  • Internet self-response will be available across the nation through October 15, 2020 until 11:59 pm Hawaii Standard Time (HST), (6:00 am Eastern Daylight Time on October 16, 2020) Visit govto respond today.
  • Phone response will be available for its regularly scheduled time on October 15, 2020. Click here for schedule and a list of numbers.
  • Paper responses must be postmarked by October 15, 2020.
  • Nonresponse Followup census takers will continue resolving nonresponding addresses through the end of the day on October 15, 2020.

The U.S. Census Bureau is currently updating,, as well as all external and internal guidance to reflect the schedule update.

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