A federal judge ruled the Trump administration can't prematurely end the Census count this month.
California Judge Lucy Koh released her ruling Thursday. She said ending the once-a-decade count on September 30th, a month before originally promised, would produce inaccurate numbers.
She ruled the count should go until the end of October — adding the Trump administration neither considered its duty to produce an accurate count nor provided a substantial reason for the expedited schedule.
She also axed a deadline to produce the results of the count by the end of the year.
The Census counts Americans to determine how federal funding and House seats will be distributed, a major political battleground. Administration officials said Friday they plan to appeal the ruling.