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Order forces Census to do more visits, rely less on records

A Census 2020 form is seen Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, in Toksook Bay, Alaska. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

By MIKE SCHNEIDER Associated Press
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Even as the U.S. Census Bureau aims to finish the 2020 census by the end of the month, about a half dozen areas of the country have seen slight declines this week in the rate of households being counted. A researcher at City University of New York says that’s a good thing because it may result in a more accurate result. Steven Romalewski says a footnote the Census Bureau posted to its website claims a temporary restraining order issued this month by a federal judge in San Jose, California, is forcing the Census Bureau to change methods in some cases, leading to the declines.

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