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As of Monday, Worcester County had a census self response rate of 33.3 percent, just barely higher than its 2010 rate. The deadline to fill out the survey was yesterday.

(Oct. 16, 2020) The deadline for filling out the 2020 Census survey has changed for a sixth time, with it now being yesterday (Thursday).

The Supreme Court struck down a California court’s ruling that the census deadline could not move up, leaving the Trump administration and U.S. Census Bureau free to bump it up to yesterday.

Last week, the deadline was changed to Oct. 31. Before then, it was originally July 31, but because the coronavirus pandemic made some census advertising impossible or limited, the deadline was extended to Aug. 14 and then Oct. 31.

In an effort to get all the census statistics complete before the end of the year, the Trump administration pushed to have the census deadline pushed back to Sept. 30, but then was delayed via court order to Oct. 5 and then back to Oct. 31.

As of Monday, Worcester County had a 33.3 percent self-response rate, surpassing its 2010 census response rate by less than a percent.

Worcester had the lowest response rate of all Maryland counties in 2010.

With the sudden new deadline, Kelly Henry, Worcester County Complete Count Committee coordinator, said she hoped that all Worcester residents would fill it out in time.

“I had hoped that the self-response rate percentage would have been much higher due to the simplicity of completing the survey online, by phone or by mail, but I understand,” Henry said. “Everyone has been distracted with changes in child and health care, teleworking and layoffs and just normal day to day routines.”

The census determines funding for schools, health care and road construction, as well as congressional districts. For every person not counted, state and local jurisdictions lose $18,250 in federal funds over the next 10 years.

Elizabeth covers Worcester County issues for Ocean City Today. In 2018, she graduated from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa with a bachelor of arts. After graduation, Elizabeth spent a year with Lutheran Volunteer Corps in Wilmington, Delaware.

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