KASB urges Kansans to fill out Census form as legal battles continue over end date

The legal battle over the 2020 U.S. Census took a new turn late Monday with an announcement by U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross of an Oct. 5 “target date” to finish the decennial count. That is more than three weeks earlier than the Oct. 31 end date set by a federal judge. A court hearing on the target date is set for 5 p.m. today Central Time.  

Meanwhile, KASB urges uncounted Kansans to fill out their Census form at https://2020census.gov/. 

The Trump Administration announced in August it was moving the national count deadline up one month to September 30 to give the government time to deliver the 2020 data to the president by the end of December as required by law. The Census has been plagued by delays associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, wildfires and hurricanes, and political conflict. 

The Census takes place every ten years. Based on population, Kansas receives approximately $6 billion annually though many different federal programs, such as Title 1, Special Education funding, school lunch programs and more. Every uncounted person costs the state of Kansas approximately $2,082 per year in federal funds.  

The Census also determines how many U.S. House members each state will have and the boundaries of U.S. House, state legislative and local voting districts.   

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