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"Meeting the deadline at the expense of the accuracy of the census is not a cost worth paying, especially when the Government has failed to show why it could not bear the lesser cost of expending more resources to meet the deadline or continuing its prior efforts to seek an extension from Congress", she wrote.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed the Trump administration to shut down the 2020 USA census count earlier than originally planned, after putting a lower court ruling on hold that said the population count should continue until the end of the month. They managed to get almost two extra weeks of counting people as the case made its way through the courts. The reason for that deadline is the apportionment material, which the President gives to the state, is then used to allocate congressional seats in state legislatures.

Still, if the commerce secretary, who oversees the bureau, were to present the new state counts to the White House by December 31, that would ensure that even if Trump did not win reelection, he could attempt to carry out the unprecedented change he wants to make to who is counted when determining the reallocation of House seats.

In a statement, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called the Supreme Court's decision "regrettable and disappointing", and said the administration's actions "threaten to politically and financially exclude many in America's most vulnerable communities from our democracy".

The plaintiffs argued that the "rushed" schedule would lead to inaccurate census results and "a massive undercount of the country's communities of color".

Lower courts previously ordered the administration to keep counting through October 31, reverting to an extended schedule that Trump officials had first proposed in April in response to delays caused by the pandemic and then abruptly chose to abandon in July.

Since May, the Census Bureau has reported delays in the counting, owing to the pandemic.

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Political observers say that the premature end to the census count will allow Trump administration officials, rather than experts from the census bureau, to utilise the population numbers to determine representation in the US House of Representatives, and in state and local governments, particularly impacting on Caribbean and other immigrants.

In April, the Census Bureau submitted a plan to complete its count by October 31 and report apportionment figures - the numbers used to determine each state's representative count - at the end of April 2021.

The panel of three appellate judges said that just because the year-end deadline is impossible to meet doesn't mean the court should require the Census Bureau to miss it.

The proposal to extend the apportionment deadline passed the Democratic-controlled House, but the Republican-controlled Senate didn't take up the request. The US Census Bureau on August 3 announced that it would wind down data collection by September 30, a month earlier than originally scheduled.

Administration lawyers appealed the judge's order directly to the Supreme Court, and said 99% of the households nationwide had responded.

President Trump has repeatedly said undocumented immigrants should not be included in the census.

The Census Bureau says it has counted 99.9% of households nationwide, though some regions of the country such as parts of MS and hurricane-battered Louisiana fall well below that.



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