Case Summary

On August 18, 2020, the National Urban League, along with other organizations, individuals, and administrative regions filed suit against Wilbur Ross in his role as Secretary of Commerce in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The plaintiffs argued that the decision to shorten the amount of time the Census Bureau would have to complete the 2020 Census is unconstitutional because of the increased likelihood of inaccuracy. The plaintiffs asked for a court order directing the Census Bureau to continue with its original Covid-19 timeframe.

On September 24, 2020, the court ordered ordered the Census Bureau to continue collecting responses past September 30. The district judge also invalidated the December 31, 2020 deadline for the Census Bureau to release the apportionment numbers.

On October 13, 2020, the Supreme Court of the United States stayed the district court's September 24 order.

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U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, San Jose Division - 5:20-cv-05799

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit - 20-16868

Supreme Court of the United States - 20A62