Data collection for the 2020 Census will be halted after the U.S. Supreme Court granted a request from President Donald Trump’s administration to end counting.
On Oct. 13, the nation’s high court issued the emergency grant. Only Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor dissented, while the other justices did not reveal their votes or reasonings.
The U.S. Census Bureau had set its deadline for data collection for October 31, a deadline set in response to difficulties imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Bureau officials have expressed concerns that the bureau would not be able to make its reporting deadline of Dec. 31, 2020 unlikely.
This deadline is for one of three reports. The first is a report of state populations, determining the distribution of U.S. House of Representative seats.
According to the Census Bureau, 99.9 percent of housing units have been accounted for, as of Oct. 13. The majority of housing units – 66.8 percent – have responded by online, phone or mail, while 33.1 percent were counted by census takers and field data collection operations.
In Arkansas, 99.9 percent of housing units have been accounted for with 60.5 percent self-responding to census forms. Currently, Louisiana and Mississippi are the only states that do not have a 99.9 percent response rate yet; Louisiana has a 98.3 percent rate, and Mississippi has a 99.4 percent rate.