Saddled with delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic and last-minute changes by the Trump administration, the first set of 2020 census results will not be ready for release by Thursday’s year-end deadline for numbers that determine representation in Congress and the Electoral College for the next decade.
Under federal law, the commerce secretary, who oversees the bureau, is required to report to the president the latest state population totals within nine months of Census Day, which was April 1.
The delay could hinder President Donald Trump’s effort to exclude some undocumented immigrants from the figures used to apportion House seats. It will be the first time the bureau will miss the deadline since its 1976 implementation.
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NEW: 2020 census results won’t be ready by the year-end deadline, a Census Bureau employee tells NPR. The bureau’s working toward Jan. 9 for determining when to begin last steps in producing counts for reallocating House seats and Electoral College voteshttps://t.co/As7Bq26BKk
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