According to a press release from the United States Census Bureau, the deadline for the 2020 Census information to be collected is now Oct. 31.

On Friday, the Bureau announced that census takers had received the following message:

“As a result of court orders, the October 5, 2020 target date is not operative, and data collection operations will continue through October 31, 2020. Employees should continue to work diligently and enumerate as many people as possible. Contact your supervisor with any questions.”

In addition, nonprofits, civic groups and other organizations will continue to work to ensure as many people as possible are counted.

Lawrence County Extension Staff Chair Bryce Baldridge reminds residents that this data will be used to determine how about $9 billion of federal funding is allocated to 55 federally-funded programs in Arkansas.

“Many of these programs are integral to supporting rural communities,” Baldridge said. “If you want to be counted in the 2020 Census, you must complete your form as soon as possible and no later then Oct. 31.”

Residents can complete the census at 2020census.gov or by calling 844-330-2020.

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