Knocked Off Track by Coronavirus, Census Announces Delay in 2020 Count

The Census Bureau said it would extend the deadlines for collecting census data and would ask Congress for a delay in providing final counts used for congressional redistricting.

Conceding that its effort to count the nation’s population has been hamstrung by the coronavirus pandemic, the Census Bureau said on Monday it would ask Congress for a four-month delay in delivering the census data used to reapportion the House of Representatives and political districts nationwide.

“The oversight committee will carefully examine the administration’s request, but we need more information than the administration has been willing to provide,” the committee’s chairwoman, Representative Carolyn B. Maloney of New York, said in a statement.

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