Trump’s Census Mess: Since the Supreme Court last month blocked Secretary Wilbur Ross’ original move to add a census citizenship question, the situation devolved into an absolute mess. Josh had a good rundown of how we got here, but the abbreviated version is:
We are now waiting until Friday for the DOJ’s response to a request by the legal challengers in New York that a judge permanently block the question from the census, given the federal government’s previous claims of a June 30 printing deadline. Friday is also the deadline for the administration to object to written document subpoenas served to them by the challengers in the Maryland case, who successfully got the judge there to re-open discovery. In the meantime, we may see Trump release a presidential memorandum on the issue that the White House is reportedly preparing, but it’s unclear how that will help with the government’s legal case.
Making Dem Caucuses More Accessible: Democrats in Iowa and Nevada will for the first time next year be able to participate in the state’s primary caucuses by phone, per a mandate from the Democratic National Committee. The caucus system of choosing candidates has been criticized for being inaccessible to certain voters, like those who work evening shifts.
Straight-Ticket Voting Lives On In Pennsylvania: After some closely watched deliberation, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed an elections bill that would end straight-ticket voting in exchange for funding for elections equipment upgrades. “I’m concerned the isolated removal of a convenient voting option would increase waiting times and could discourage participation,” he said in his veto statement. The Republican-supported bill had passed after a largely party line vote in the state legislature.
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