Judge blocks administration attempt to stop census count early

20151027 Hon. Lucy Koh ASA 9355 43 19 pp.jpgA federal judge ruled Friday that the 2020 census count must continue until Oct. 31 as scheduled, barring the Trump administration from ending the population count a month early.

Judge Lucy Koh of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California also barred officials from delivering completed population data to the White House on Dec. 31 instead of the previously planned April 2021 delivery date.

President Barack Obama nominated Koh on the recommendation of California Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein to a seat on the United States District Court for the Northern District of California vacated by judge Ronald M. Whyte, who assumed senior status in 2009.

Koh found that the administration’s shortened schedule for completing the count was likely to distort the figures on people of color, immigrants, and other historically undercounted groups, resulting in a potentially unfair redistribution of House seats based on the count.

The ruling came after evidence filed this week indicated that Census Bureau officials believed cutting off the counting would hurt accuracy.

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