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BREAKING: U.S. official says census to end Oct. 5 despite court order

By MIKE SCHNEIDER, Associated Press #local-all

Secretary of Commerce goes against judge’s ruling

ORLANDO, Fla. — The U.S. secretary of Commerce says the 2020 census will end Oct. 5, despite a federal judge’s ruling last week that the head count of every U.S. resident should continue through the end of October, according to a tweet posted on the Census Bureau’s website Monday.

The tweet said the ability for people to self-respond to the census questionnaire and the door-knocking phase of census takers going to homes that haven’t yet responded is ending Oct. 5.

The announcement came as a virtual hearing was being held in San Jose, California, as a follow-up to U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh’s preliminary injunction.