|Internal documents released last week by the House Oversight and Reform Committee showed that the 2020 count was far more problematic than originally thought, NPR reported.
The documents called attention to errors in more than 900,000 records nationally. While the errors themselves vary, the consequences are myriad.
One of the most obvious potential consequences of the errors is the need to delay final tabulations, resulting in the Census Bureau possibly missing its Dec. 31 deadline.
Due to the delay, there may also be a delay in the reapportionment of Congressional seats. For states such as Pennsylvania that are expected to lose one or more seats this count, an error in either direction can result in a consequential change.
If the Census Bureau cannot deliver a final count before Jan. 20 President-elect Joe Biden would oversee the distribution of the results.
The Bureau has previously said that the timeline for completing the final tabulations “remains in flux,” adding that “anomalies” affect less than one percent of the records collected.