The 2020 Census Information For Voting Districts Will Be Obtainable Aug. 12 : NPR

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For months, the coronavirus pandemic and interference from Trump officials delayed the release of 2020 census demographics, which was used to redraw constituencies in the United States. David L. Ryan / The Boston Globe via Getty Images Hide caption

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For months, the coronavirus pandemic and interference from Trump officials delayed the release of 2020 census demographics, which was used to redraw constituencies in the United States.

David L. Ryan / The Boston Globe via Getty Images

After months of delays, the 2020 census results, which will redraw constituencies across the country, will finally be released on August 12, the US Census Bureau said Thursday.

In a tweet, the federal government’s largest statistics agency confirmed that the detailed demographic data will be released on its website four days before the August 16 release schedule.

The coronavirus pandemic and meddling by former President Donald Trump’s administration have forced the office to release new redistribution data about five months later than originally planned in order to conduct more quality controls.

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This delay has eaten away in many parts of the United States in the time it takes to issue new voting cards, putting pressure on card manufacturers in what is usually a controversial and highly partisan process of redistributing political representation based on the population of the decade-old head count. Due to the delays in providing the data – which the office first signaled in April 2020 – some state and local governments had to postpone the election dates.

The upcoming release of the second major set of 2020 census results comes amid a series of controversies that have raised questions about the quality of the data. Aside from COVID-19, which disrupted door knocking efforts, last year’s census was slowed down by short-term schedule changes by Trump officials as well as the specter of the previous administration’s failed push on a citizenship issue that would likely suppress participation in censuses among Latinx and, Upside down Asian-American residents.

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Many data users are also concerned about the usefulness of redistributing data across rural and small geographic areas because of the impact of the agency’s new data protection system.

Acting director of the bureau, Ron Jarmin, noted, however, that the quality of the data “is quite remarkable for all the challenges we have faced over the past year”.

“In every way we have analyzed the 2020 census – through our extensive checks while processing the data, comparing the numbers to population benchmarks and looking at what went on – the census data is of high quality and can be used for redistribution,” said Jarmin on a blog post last month.