The Census Bureau says it will miss a year-end deadline for handing in numbers used for divvying up congressional seats.

That delay could undermine President Donald Trump’s efforts to exclude people in the country illegally from the count if the figures aren’t turned in before President-elect Joe Biden takes office.

It will be the first time that the Dec. 31 target date is missed since the deadline was implemented more than four decades ago by Congress.

The Census Bureau said in a statement Wednesday that it will deliver a state population count for apportionment in early 2021, as close to the missed deadline as possible.

 

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