The U.S. Supreme Court made the decision Oct. 13 to conclude 2020 census operations at the end of this week. The final deadline for self-response and field data collection is now Oct. 15 at 11:59 p.m., according to a U.S. Census Bureau press release.

The announcement came after the Supreme Court approved President Donald Trump's administration’s emergency request for the census to end earlier. Justice Sonia Sotomayor was the only one to dissent: “The harms caused by rushing this year’s census count are irreparable. And respondents will suffer their lasting impact for at least the next 10 years.”

In August, the court previously ruled the deadline for all responses would be Oct. 31.

As of Oct. 14, 65.9% of Tennessee residents had self-responded, below the national average rate of 66.8%. However, in Williamson County, just over 79% of residents had self-responded. Franklin's response rate was 75.7%, and Brentwood's was 86.1%.

Responses for the census are taken every 10 years, as is required by the U.S. Constitution, and the census must be completed by all residents of a county. Filling out the census helps to determine the allocation of billions of federal funds to local communities for schools, roads and other public services, as well determining the number of seats each state has in Congress and other levels of government.

If you have yet to fill out your census, internet self-responses can be submitted at Residents can also fill out their census via phone by calling 844-330-2020. If submitting your census by mail, it must be postmarked by Oct. 15.