In response to the Census count ending on October 15 as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court overturning a recent ruling that would have extended the Census through the end of October, Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez (D-Middlesex), member of the New Jersey Complete Count Commission, issued the following statement:
“I am profoundly disappointed by the Supreme Court’s decision to end the Census count prior to October 31st. The Trump Administration has done everything in its power to intimidate communities of color, especially Latino communities, from engaging in the 2020 Census.
“I challenge any indication from the U.S. Census Bureau that 99.9% of housing units have been accounted for, especially in New Jersey where we have hard to count communities that still have not reached their 2010 response rates. Ending operations early will result in irreparable harm over the next decade that will impact the communities that need our help the most.
“While we have no additional recourse, I urge every New Jerseyan to use today and tomorrow as Census days of action. Please encourage your friends and family to fill out their Census questionnaire as soon as possible. Visit 2020census.gov or call 844-330-2020 (English) or 844-468-2020 (Spanish) to complete your Census form today.”