U.S. Supreme Court Allows Early Census Completion

SCOTUS Rules: Census Count Can Finish Earlier Than Oct. 31


The US Supreme Court sided with the Trump Administration in a case involving this year’s census count, allowing the Department of Commerce, which runs the Census Bureau, to end the count earlier than October 31st.


reporting from the left side of the aisle


  • Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) reacted negatively, tweeting the ruling is an attempt to “undermine democracy”, and tied it to the current nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett.
  • Slate said the ruling was a “sabotage” of the Census, and accused the court of allowing the Trump Administration to purposely undercount minority communities.



  • The Census Bureau announced 99.9% of all households have been counted as of October 13th, strengthening the argument for ending the counting phase before the previously court-mandated October 31st deadline.
  • Wall Street Journal notes that Mississippi and Louisiana sided with the administration’s efforts while the fight over shortening the deadline played out in lower federal courts.
  • The Washington Times, called the ruling a “victory” for the Trump Administration, and reports the vast majority of census respondents submit answers online or via mail.
  • The top Republican on the House Oversight Committee, Representative James Comer (R-KY), praised the Supreme Court’s decision as a “sensible, lawful decision on behalf of the American people to ensure the 2020 census is completed on time.”


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