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Judge orders Census to continue until October 31

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A federal judge ordered the US Census Bureau to continue the 2020 census count through October 31, reports NPR.

Judge Lucy Koh issued the order Thursday after finding that the Census Bureau violated her preliminary injunction order to extend the deadline.

One of these violations included a tweet from the bureau stating that the census deadline was October 5, which Koh described as “[perhaps] the most egregious violation” of the previous order.

Koh further condemned the Trump administration’s “chaotic, dilatory, and incomplete compliance,” including the administration’s failure to update the Census Bureau’s website to reflect the extension and sending a text to census workers that door-knocking would end on October 5.

“Defendants’ dissemination of erroneous information; lurching from one hasty, unexplained plan to the next; and unlawful sacrifices of completeness and accuracy of the 2020 Census are upending the status quo, violating the Injunction Order, and undermining the credibility of the Census Bureau and the 2020 Census,” the judge wrote in her order. “It must stop.”

According to ABC 7, the Census Bureau has since updated its website to indicate the extended date. The judge also ordered the Census Bureau to send a text to all census workers to make them aware that the census count will continue through the end of the month.

Koh warned that further violations of the injunction will result in sanctions or contempt proceedings against the Trump administration.

“Today’s order reaffirms what bipartisan members of Congress have been stating: rushing the 2020 Census will result in an inaccurate and incomplete count,” said New York Rep. Carolyn Maloney. “The Trump Administration should follow this court order and stop politicizing the 2020 Census.”

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