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Some Census Work May End Even Earlier Than Planned

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A man wearing a facemask walks past a sign encouraging people to complete the 2020 U.S. Census in Los Angeles on Aug. 10, 2020. (Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images)
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The 2020 Census has been through a lot this year. The deadline to complete the questionnaire and finish in-person census work has already moved three times, largely on account of the coronavirus pandemic. Most recently, it was moved up from Oct. 31 to Sept. 30.

Now, that timeline might be changing again in some areas. A U.S. Census Bureau representative for the San Diego area told local leaders there recently that in-person census takers may stop visiting homes in the region September 18, two weeks before the end-of-September deadline.

A different census spokesperson told KPCC/LAist that early completion is possible in easier-to-count areas, but couldn’t say whether that would include any of L.A. County.

To census advocates, the possibility of ending the census even earlier than planned with an accurate count seems hard to believe.

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