Tierney Sneed

Tierney Sneed is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked for U.S. News and World Report. She grew up in Florida and attended Georgetown University.

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The battleground has shifted around the Trump administration’s efforts to use the Census Bureau to undercut the political power of immigrant communities. In a major victory for civil rights advocates, President Trump caved on putting a citizenship question on the census. But he doubled down on an approach to use existing records on citizenship to achieve some of the goals of the original question. Here’s more:

  • my take on why Trump’s census cave wasn’t really a cave
  • the government puts in writing its intention to assemble citizenship data for redistricting
  • 2020 Dems pledge to reverse Trump efforts to exclude noncitizens from redistricting

Voting Rights Lawsuits Pile Up In Florida: On the heels of several legal challenges to a Florida law undermining the restoration of felon voting rights approved by voters, a new lawsuit has been filed targeting the state’s attack on student voting. The state used parking regulations to go after early voting on college campuses with a law requiring “sufficient” parking for early voting sites. (Many college campuses require parking permits.) The law is being challenged by the League of Women Voters, the Andrew Goodman Foundation and by individual voters.

In some positive voting rights news, we have:

  • a new law in New Hampshire expanding the efforts to educate former felons on their voting rights
  • settlements in legal challenges to how Georgia handles absentee ballots now that the state has put in place new protections for voters who have minor discrepancies on their ballots
  • an effort by prosecutors in Florida to mitigate some of the damage of the so-called “poll tax” the state put on ex-felons

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