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U.S. Census self-response deadline changed

by Georgia Farm Bureau

Posted on May 20, 2020 at 0:00 AM

The self-response phase of the 2020 U.S. Census, originally scheduled to run through July 31, then extended to Oct. 31, was on Aug. 3 shortened to Sept.  30, one of multiple adjustments to the Census calendar in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, according to a Census Bureau press release.

Participating in the 2020 Census is critically important. The U.S. Census Bureau needs an accurate count of the number of people living in Georgia and where they live because federal, state and local governments use these numbers to determine funding for education, health, nutrition assistance and transportation programs. The numbers also determine how many representatives Georgia has in Congress.

The self-response phase, during which households can participate in the Census online, by mail or by phone, was originally planned for March 12-July 31.

Census takers were scheduled to conduct non-response follow-up interviews, which are done in person, May 13 – July 31. The non-response follow-up timeline has been moved back to Aug. 11 – Oct. 31.

Census Bureau processing of data after completion of the count activities was to run July 31 to Dec. 31. This work has been rescheduled for Oct. 31 – April 30, 2021.

Delivery of states’ population totals, which determine how many seats states have in the House of Representatives, will be delivered to the president by April 30, 2021.

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