Deadline to submit 2020 Census extended to Oct. 31
The deadline to fill out the 2020 Census has been extended to Oct. 31 after a federal judge blocked the Trump administration's plan to count it a month early.
Americans have two tasks at hand -- register to vote and complete the census.
Alex Myers, of Armonk, has already checked both off his to-do list. He says it doesn't take long.
"Maybe five, 10 minutes tops," says Myers. "It's pretty easy."
Myers says he did it because he felt obligated as a U.S. citizen. Myers believes it's his duty to help make sure the government gets an accurate population count. In turn, his home jurisdiction gets enough federal funding to support projects that benefit everyone.
"It's not the sort of thing that I would notice, per se, but I'm sure it makes a difference and I think it's something everybody should probably do," says Myers.
The Census Bureau says everyone does make a difference. According to the Bureau's estimation, each person who is not counted represents a $2,500 loss to local municipalities.
Westchester County Executive George Latimer is glad the Trump administration was blocked this week from moving the census deadline up.
"We don't see why you'd want to cut it short," says Latimer. "We think that you know, you should try to make every effort to make sure that you have a complete and accurate count."
The census can be filled out online or you can mail in a hard copy.