New York officials are making a last-minute push to have residents in the state be counted in the U.S. Census as data collection efforts end on Friday morning.
“The census is a fundamental tool of our democracy, and without an accurate count, New York runs a very real risk of losing representation, federal funds, and other forms of government aid,” said Attorney General Letitia James.
“My office has taken up the fight every single step of the way to challenge and parry every swing the Trump Administration has taken to obstruct a fair count, but it is now in the hands of New Yorkers," continued James. "It’s up to every one of us to complete the census and be counted. The economic progress and the electoral power we have worked so hard to achieve for New York are at stake.”
The U.S. Supreme Court this week sided with President Donald Trump's administration to allow counting efforts in the once-a-decade Census to end before originally scheduled. New York residents have until Thursday to postmark a paper Census form; the deadline for filing out an online form is Friday at 6 a.m.
The state is expected to lose at least one seat in the House of Representatives due to its sluggish population growth compared to other parts of the country.
But also at stake is how federal funding is determined, as well as where businesses decided to bring jobs.