A federal court challenge to the Census Bureau’s decision to end non-response followup operations in Sept. 2020, and to the schedule for delivering apportionment data. On Sept. 24, 2020, the court preliminarily enjoined a truncated timeline; on Oct. 2, 2020, the court clarified that the injunction required data collection through Oct. 31, 2020, with a plan of reporting the total tabulation by Apr. 30, 2021. On Oct. 7, 2020, the federal court of appeals denied a request to stay the Oct. 31 extension, but granted the request to stay the Apr. 30, 2021, extension; on Oct. 13, 2020, the Supreme Court stayed the order in its entirety pending appeal.
Data collection operations stopped Oct. 15, 2020.
The fight continues over the processing time and delivery of final data; there are serious concerns about the accuracy of data delivered after a severely truncated processing period. On Dec. 30, 2020, the Census Bureau announced that it would not be able to deliver decennial apportionment counts by the current statutory deadline of Dec. 31, 2020. On Jan. 15, 2021, the Census Bureau agreed to refrain from finalizing or publicly releasing any information with respect to decennial apportionment data without at least 7 days’ notice, until at least Feb. 5, 2021; separately, the Bureau stated that it expected apportionment data would not be ready until Mar. 6, 2021.
On April 22, 2021 the court granted a stipulated dismissal.
HistoryCase filings, starting with most recent court
|Order denying stay of 10/31 deadline, staying 12/31 deadline||Oct 7, 2020|
|Census brief||Oct 23, 2020|
|Excerpts of record||Oct 23, 2020|
|Complaint||Aug 18, 2020|
|First amended complaint||Sep 1, 2020|
|Motion for preliminary injunction (incl. decl.)||Aug 25, 2020|
|Amicus brief of states and local governments||Aug 31, 2020|
|Amicus brief of Santa Clara Cnty. et al.||Aug 31, 2020|
|Amicus brief of 12 businesses and business organizations||Aug 31, 2020|
|Government's opposition (incl. decl.)||Sep 4, 2020|
|Motion for temporary restraining order||Sep 3, 2020|
|Government's opposition||Sep 4, 2020|
|Reply||Sep 5, 2020|
|Order granting temporary restraining order||Sep 5, 2020|
|Order extending temporary restraining order||Sep 17, 2020|
|Order granting preliminary injunction||Sep 24, 2020|
|Order clarifying injunction||Oct 1, 2020|