Judge says 2020 census must continue for another month

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – A federal judge has stopped the 2020 census from finishing at the end of September.

Her order extends the once-a-decade head count of every U.S. resident for another month, through the end of October.

U.S.┬áDistrict Judge Lucy Koh’s preliminary injunction also suspends a year-end deadline for delivering the numbers needed to decide how many seats each state gets in Congress.

Her ruling late Thursday says a shortened schedule would likely produce inaccurate results.

A coalition of civil rights groups and local governments sued the Census Bureau saying the shortened schedule would undercount minorities and other residents of hard-to-count communities.

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