Latest census delay will push Texas' redrawing of political maps into the fall

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A 2020 Census representative speaks with a resident during a census campaign in New York City in 2020. Credit: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photo

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Texas lawmakers will almost certainly be back for a rare special legislative session in October now that the U.S. Census Bureau has set a fall deadline for releasing the 2020 census results.

Facing significant holdups in finalizing the decennial count, the bureau announced Friday that the detailed population numbers needed to redraw legislative and congressional districts to reflect the state's growth in the last decade will be delivered by Sept. 30, a monthslong delay that could upend the next set of elections for seats from Congress down to local offices.