2020 US census completed, redistribution data to come

The first results of the 2020 census were published in April 2021, however, the full data for the redistribution will not be delivered until September 2021.

The US Census Bureau encountered a number of issues when collecting data for the 2020 census, including the controversy surrounding a citizenship issue that former President Donald Trump wanted to include in the survey, as well as others. issues that arose amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Now viewer VERIFY Laverne S. wants to know if the 2020 census was actually over.

THE QUESTION

Is the 2020 census finished?

THE SOURCES

THE ANSWER

Yes, the 2020 census is complete, but the full redistribution data has not been released.

WHAT WE FOUND

Since 1790 when Thomas Jefferson conducted the first U.S. census, a decennial census was carried out every 10 years, as required by the Constitution, according to the Census Bureau, which has been the largest statistical agency in the federal government since its inception in 1902. The agency’s mission is “to serve as a leading provider of quality data on its people and economy.”

The 2020 census faced significant legal challenges and due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In December 2017, the Ministry of Justice sent a letter to Census Bureau officials, asking the agency to reinstate a citizenship question on the 2020 census, saying “the data is critical to the ministry’s enforcement of section 2 of the Voting Rights Act and its important protections against racial discrimination in voting ”. But, in June 2019, the United States Supreme Court blocked the addition of the question.

Despite the court ruling, former President Donald Trump released a Executive Decree in July 2019, directing all executive departments and agencies to provide the U.S. Department of Commerce with all administrative documents they have in order to determine the number of citizens and non-citizens in the country. A year later, in July 2020, Trump posted a note attempting to prohibit non-citizens from being included in the 2020 census. However, the question has still never been part of the census.

In February 2021, Dr. Ron Jarmin, Acting Director of the Census Bureau, addressed some of the other issues the agency faced while collecting data for the 2020 census, citing processing anomalies, design changes and “additional complications” caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, including response rates of households and duplicate responses.

The Census Bureau helps the government count populations and assign the number of U.S. representatives to each state. According to National Conference of State Legislatures, “the legal deadline for delivery of distribution data was not respected due to delays caused by the pandemic and anomalies observed in the census data”. Due to these issues, the agency released the first population count collected in the census 2020 April 26, 2021. According to a Press release, data shows that the resident population of the United States, which includes the 50 states and Washington, DC, was 331,449,281 as of April 1, 2020, an increase of 7.4% since the 2010 census.

On the same day, US Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo handed over the population figures to be used for distribution of seats in the United States House of Representatives to President Joe Biden. According to Raimondo, Biden will deliver the results to Congress, as required by law.

“2020 has brought unprecedented challenges: a global pandemic, destructive forest fires, the most active hurricane season on record, and civil unrest across the country. With all of this, the Census Bureau had to quickly adapt its operations to face these challenges head-on, ”Raimondo said at the press conference. Press conference on 2020 census population counts for distribution April 26. “But the dedicated officials of the Census Bureau – with the help of state and local governments, and community groups – have managed to overcome these obstacles and conduct a complete and accurate census.”

On June 29, a panel of federal judges rejected a trial filed in March by the State of Alabama and two Alabama voters against the Department of Commerce and the Census Bureau, in which the state sought a preliminary injunction against the Bureau’s plan to use the method of “Differential privacy” in the processing of data from the 2020 census, according to court documents.

A Census Bureau spokesperson told VERIFY on July 1: “We take note of the court’s decision and will proceed accordingly,” explaining that the agency plans to produce the legacy data redistribution format by August 16. as indicated previously. Meanwhile, the full redistribution data, which includes toolkits for easy use, will be delivered by September 30 “due to changes in processing activities, delays in COVID-19 data collection and of the Census Bureau’s obligation to provide high quality data “.

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