Ohio is first state to sue Census Bureau over delay in data

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FILE – In this Aug. 11, 2020, file photo, a census taker knocks on the door of a residence in Winter Park, Fla. The congressional committee that oversees the Census Bureau issued a subpoena Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020, to U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross for documents related to data irregularities that are putting in jeopardy a year-end deadline for turning in numbers used for divvying up congressional seats. Democrat U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney is the chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH/AP) — Ohio is the first state to challenge the U.S. Census Bureau’s decision to push back the release of 2020 census figures so more time can be spent on fixing any inaccuracies in the data.

Ohio on Thursday filed a lawsuit that claims the delay will undermine the state’s process of redrawing congressional and legislative districts. The lawsuit filed by Ohio Solicitor General Benjamin Flowers asks a federal judge in Dayton to restore the March 31 deadline for the Census Bureau to turn over 2020 census figures used for redrawing districts.

“The federal government has chosen to drag its feet by delaying the release of census data instead of following the law,” Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost said. “The people of Ohio have found ways to meet their responsibilities throughout the COVID-19 pandemic – adapting how we run businesses, caring for loved ones, home schooling children – why should the government create a double standard?”

The agency had pushed the date back to Sept. 30.

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