Census deadline is October 15

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday the Census must end before its October 31 target date. The Census Bureau announced Tuesday night the decennial count will cease on October 15. 

The Census has been plagued by delays associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, wildfires, hurricanes, and political conflict. 

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. In late September, a U.S. District Court judge ruled the count must continue through October 31. The Administration appealed but the judge’s ruling was upheld. The Census Bureau then appealed the decision to the Supreme Court, which issued an emergency ruling on October 13 supporting the Administration’s position.  

Kansas has received $6 billion in federal funding each year based on the 2010 Census. Important programs, including Title 1, Special Education funding, school lunch programs and more, depend on the Census count. 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 help determine the boundaries of U.S. House, state legislative and local voting districts.  

In a Tuesday statement, the Census Bureau indicated:  

  • 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).  
  • Phone response will be available for its regularly scheduled time on October 15, 2020. Click here for a schedule and a list of numbers. 
  • Paper responses must be postmarked by October 15, 2020. 
  • Nonresponse Follow-up census takers will continue resolving nonresponding addresses through the end of the day on October 15, 2020. 


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