If you’re following the Census, and you’ve been confused about exactly when the count ends, you’re probably not alone. As KPCC and LAist reporter covering the Census Caroline Champlin reported this month, the timeline has jumped around several times since the start of the pandemic.
Official counting for the 2020 Census was originally slated to end on July 31, but in April the Census Bureau pushed the deadline back to October 31st to give them extra time to finish the count amid the extra challenges the COVID-19 pandemic presented. Then, in August, the Bureau did a 180 and announced it would conclude counting on September 30th instead. That led to several cities, Los Angeles among them, filing lawsuits against the Trump administration pressing for the deadline to be shifted back to the end of October. A federal judge in Northern California heard arguments in one of those suits Tuesday following a hearing on a similar lawsuit in Maryland on Monday.
Today on AirTalk, we’ll get an update on what happened in this week’s hearings on when the Census count will end, look at how Census advocates and enumerators in Southern California are working to make sure everyone is counted before the deadline and find out what this year’s count could mean for Southern California’s Congressional representation.
With guest host Kyle Stokes
Caroline Champlin, reporter covering the 2020 Census for KPCC and LAist; she tweets @champlin_c