2020 census to end Oct. 15 following late Supreme Court decision

To date, roughly 66% of Tennessee residents have self-responded to the census. (Chance Flowers/Community Impact Newspaper)
To date, roughly 66% of Tennessee residents have self-responded to the census. (Chance Flowers/Community Impact Newspaper)

To date, roughly 66% of Tennessee residents have self-responded to the census. (Chance Flowers/Community Impact Newspaper)

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 www.my2020census.gov. 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.
By Sandra Sadek
Sandra Sadek covers the cities of Grapevine, Southlake and Roanoke as well as Carroll ISD for Community Impact. She graduated from Texas State University where she majored in journalism and international relations. She has experience working for several local papers including the University Star, the Katy Times, and the Fort Stockton Pioneer. When she's not on the ground reporting, she enjoys a good book and a hot drink. Follow her on social media @ssadek19.
By Wendy Sturges
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.


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