The Trump administration's request to temporarily block a lower court order that extends the 2020 census schedule has been denied, according to a new ruling by 9th U.S.
Circuit Judges Johnnie Rawlinson and Judge Morgan Christen.
An April 2021 extension was originally requested and approved for the administration to report census results due to the coronavirus pandemic, which halted the Census Bureau's effort to receive responses from large portions of the country.
District Judge Lucy Koh issued a temporary injunction last week to suspend the Census Bureau’s plan to end the headcount early in order to ensure a fair and accurate tally of historically undercounted groups.
The latest ruling comes as Census Bureau officials, the Commerce Department inspector general's office, and the bureau's Census Scientific Advisory Committee have all warned against shortening the census schedule.