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August 10, 2020
Deadline to finish 2020 Census moved up
The U.S. Census Bureau has moved up the deadline to respond to the 2020 Census from Oct. 31 to Sept. 30, raising fears of an undercount in Texas.

“While I’m disappointed the Census is ending early, I am hopeful that Terrell residents who have yet to respond will be counted in the closing days,” said Ray Dunlap, president of the Terrell Economic Development Corp. and a member of a Kaufman County Census taskforce. “It is important to our community that we get an accurate count.”

The announcement comes as the Census count is moving into a new phase whereby Census workers have started door-to-door visits with households that have not filled out the Census online, by phone or by mail.

“It seems like not only are they cutting back the time they’re giving themselves to do this nonresponse follow up, but they’re also allocating the least amount of time in the hardest-to-count places in the state,” Lila Valencia, a senior demographer at the Texas Demographic Center, told the Texas Tribune.

“We’re in the middle of this pandemic where people are concerned about their health and safety, but also concerned about their future and food insecurity and things of that nature,” Valencia told the Texas Tribune. “That is a phenomena that many of us are experiencing at different levels, but some in our state are experiencing all of it. It’s a cumulative effect, and for them to even think of the Census, it’s just not at their top of mind and understandably so.”