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Proposed 2020 census delay could affect Lubbock

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The 2020 census is facing challenges like never before.

Complications created by the COVID-19 pandemic, have the census bureau asking the federal government for an extension to get the final numbers in.

The census usually completes data collection in July, now there is a proposed extension until the Fall.

Victoria Whitehead of "Complete Count LBK" says the proposed delay could make sure Lubbock's sizable college-aged population, of 40,000, is accounted for. 

"So extending it into October, will help our collegiate populations respond accurately, once they get back," Whitehead said.

At the moment, many students have opted to stay home for their online classes.

"It's dipping of federal funds coming back to Lubbock, funds that support our community, our roads, our schools," Whitehead said.

It also affects federal funding for non-profits.

"This only happens once every decade and so the data that is collected is imperative and is so vital to the next 10 years," Sgt. David Worthy of The Salvation Army said.

The 120 day delay would get the numbers to the president in April of next year, also pushing back re-districting data delivery to states, until next July.

"What's interesting about the final delivery date, of July 31st 2021, means the Texas Legislature will not be able to take it up next spring," Whitehead explained.

Whether that would mean a special session, is unclear at this point.

"Lubbock's had a population boom. So we've had the building of the West End, and businesses choosing to invest their infrastructure and their companies here. And these things might not happen if we don't have the workforce and the population and the numbers," Whitehead said. 

We may have it, here, but if we don't have the official number saying that you've got it, it affects decision making, tremendously."

"In spite of this year's, this particular crisis, that everyone can do what they can to be counted and to be involved and to participate in the census because it certainly benefits us all," Worthy said.

This is the first federal survey you can fill out online.

As of Tuesday, 45.6 percent of households in Lubbock County have responded and 40.8 percent submitted their information online.

In 2010, 67.5 percent of households responded to the census.

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