The administration had asked the High Court for “immediate relief” because a lower court order would have required the census count to continue until October 31. The Trump administration has argued that it would prevent Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross from providing a count of the nation’s population to President Donald Trump by December 31.
The ruling is a victory for the administration, which has argued that the shortened deadline is necessary to give the Commerce Department enough time to meet the December deadline. The administration noted that the count had been delayed by Covid-19 but that if the time taken for the count was reduced, that deadline could still be met.
Judge Sonia Sotomayor disagreed with the order, fearing that the shortened timing would produce inaccurate results.
“Since the damage associated with an inaccurate census is avoidable and intolerable, I respectfully disagree with the granting of the stay,”
No other judge noted dissent.
The outbreak struck just as the massive once-every-ten-year count began, scrambling the Census Bureau’s plans. The agency suspended field operations for a while, although work was resumed in some areas.
The census determines how many representatives each state receives in Congress and how billions of dollars are spent on federal funding. Schools, streets, and other important things in communities will gain or lose funding over the next 10 years, depending on this official population count.
And while this year’s census relied more on collecting responses by phone, mail, or online, the operation still needs robust field operation to reach minority communities and students on college campuses, seniors in facilities. assisted living and people suffering from homelessness.
Not only are these groups at high risk of coronavirus infection, they are also among those most in need of in-person assistance.
This story is breaking down and will be updated.