The temporary ban order was requested by a coalition of cities, counties and civil rights groups that had sued the Census Bureau, asking it to restore its previous plan to complete the census at the end of October, instead of using a revised plan to end operations at the end of September. The coalition had argued that the earlier deadline would cause the Census Bureau to overlook minority communities in the census, leading to an inaccurate count.
In her order, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh wrote that previous court cases had found it to be in the public interest for Congress to be distributed fairly and for federal funds to be distributed using an accurate census.
“So the balance between hardship and the public interest tilts heavily in favor of complainants,” Koh said.
In an emailed message to regional offices and headquarters, the Census Bureau said the statistical agency and the Department of Commerce “are required to comply with the court order and take immediate action for it. make”. Further guidance will be provided later, the office said.