Ross wrote in an email to several senior Census Bureau officials that he praised the “excellent briefing this afternoon”, where he informed them that ending the census on October 5 would mean that the standard for full count in 10 states Will not reach
But instead of asking for the results of the incomplete count, Ross asked about the consequences of allowing the count to continue.
The email was released late as part of a lawsuit over attempts by the Trump administration to prematurely end the census.
The exchange comes in the form of the National Urban League and other groups suing Ross have accused him of trying to finish the census early so as to produce the numbers during Trump’s term. They say the administration may allow the expulsion of undocumented immigrants on appointment seats in Congress – something an administration cannot do if Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden finishes the election and finishes his numbers. Given.
Government lawyers have rejected this claim because this scheduling is beyond the scope of the dispute.
“As I prepare to make the decision, I would like to make sure that I understand correctly that your team is of the opinion that if we remain in the field beyond October 5, we will have a legal time of December 31. Will not be able to meet the limit. ” Ross wrote.
Ron Jarmin, the top official in the Census Bureau, responded that the counting of counts by 5 October would allow the completion of the 31 December date.
According to internal documents made public by the Department of Commerce and the Census Bureau on Tuesday, officials had made a prediction that the risk of incomplete tally for more than 10 states would be eliminated in a Monday afternoon meeting, ending the 2020 census.
States that cannot be completed are Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, and South Carolina.
Bureau officials told Ross that the goal of counting all 50 states to 99% of households could be brought by October 11.
The presentation stated, “Even for states with rates above 99%, there will be sub-state areas that are significantly below 99%, particularly tribal areas due to COVID-19 restrictions.”
He also told Ross that ending the nationwide count on October 5 was the last possible hope to reduce the number by the end of this year, which Ross told him to do.
A few hours after that presentation, Ross shows internal documents on 5 October.
Uncertainty over how much time is left to count the nation’s population and knock on the doors of those homes has yet to react, and has led to an unprecedented level of chaos in the final weeks of the counting.
Federal law set a deadline of 31 December to produce the count used to divide seats in Congress, but Census Bureau officials have said for months that would have produced an accurate count of the nation’s population It is impossible to reach the time date.
He and the Trump administration had asked Congress to expand due to a coronovirus epidemic that would include accepting a response through October 31.
The administration endorsed the request announced at the end of July by President Donald Trump, seeking to exclude unspecified immigrants from the final figures. Official staff at the area’s Census Bureau wrote at the time that “any thoughtful person who believes that we can cause distortion by 12/31 is either a mental deficiency or a political inspiration.”
In early August, Ross decided that the count would expire at the end of September. A federal court barred that deadline from taking effect, but did not specifically reinstate the October 31 deadline.
The federal judge overseeing the proceedings has considered declaring the December 31 date unconstitutional.
This story and title have been updated with new developments on the decision of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.
Caroline Kelly of CNN contributed to this report.