A federal judge ruled that the Census count must be extended to October 31 and cannot end a month early. The order also extends the tallying process by four months, as originally requested by the Bureau in April. While an appeal is expected, as of now, the 2020 Census self-response deadline is October 31, 2020, not September 30.
This is good news for North Carolina, because we have significant work to do to ensure a complete and accurate count in the 2020 Census. As reported on September 24th:
In total, 94% of North Carolina households have been counted in the 2020 Census, the 45th lowest total enumeration rate out of the 50 states and DC.
Current response rates put North Carolina at risk of an undercount. Communities most at risk of not being fully represented in the 2020 Census include children under age 5, communities of color, and rural communities, as well as our military communities and college towns.
Six percent of North Carolina households—an estimated 592,492 people—have not yet responded to the Census, risking more than $2.5 billion in annual federal funding to NC.
DEADLINE: 9/29 at 1000. NC organizations and businesses can sign the letter asking Senator Burr and Senator Tills to Cosponsor the 2020 Census Deadline Extension Act (S.4571) at http://bit.ly/SaveOurCensusNC