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Census Bureau targets Oct. 5 end to field operations

by Georgia Farm Bureau

Posted on Sep 30, 2020 at 0:00 AM

On Sept. 28, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the department, which is tasked with conducing the U.S. Census, is targeting Oct. 5 as the date it will cease its field operations, which include self responses and the bureau’s efforts to contact households that did not respond to the 2020 Census.

The Census Bureau indicated on Sept. 25 that 97% of U.S. households had been counted.

The announcement of the Oct. 5 target date came after a Sept. 24 court order required Census field operations to continue until Oct. 31. Judge Lucy Koh in the U.S. District Court for Northern California said in the order that shortening the response deadline would likely result in an inaccurate count, the effects of which would be felt for a decade.

The original self-response deadline was July 31, but after government operations were hindered by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Census Bureau requested an additional 120 days to complete its count. Congress granted an extension to Oct. 31 and extended the deadline for the bureau to submit apportionment data to the president to April 2021.

In August, the Census Bureau shortened the count period to Sept. 30 and set a Dec. 31 deadline to submit apportionment data to the president.

Nationally, 66.5% of households have self-responded to the census as of Sept. 28. In Georgia, 62.2% of households have self-responded.

To respond to the 2020 Census, visit or call 1-844-330-2020. If someone visits your home to collect a response for the 2020 Census, you can check to make sure that they have a valid ID badge, with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date.

If you still have questions about their identity, you can call 844-330-2020 to speak with a Census Bureau representative.

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